News, but not the serious kind
So if a dumbass just signs his name…
Here we go again.
Having recently blogged about people willing to spend lots of money for stuff like Lee Harvey Oswald’s actual coffin and Bernard Madoff’s actual underwear, I now learn that a very rare autographed photo of Jesse James will be auctioned, probably for something north of $20,000-$30,000.
I just don’t understand stuff like this.
This is the same Jesse James whose Wikipedia entry calls him an “outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber and murderer.”
But because he took a break from those activities for long enough to sign this one photo of himself well over a century ago, it’s now a hot item?
How do you suppose that lone autograph even came about, anyhow?
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“Jesse! The train’s a-comin’, and we got all these-here people to kill!
“They ain’t gonna shoot themselves, you know! What the hell is you doin’ with that danged pitcher of yerself and that-there stubby pencil?”
“Ah, shut yer cake-hole, Robert Ford! I’m gonna make my descendants rich, if I can just figger out how to sign my name!”
“Rich? We got $86 robbin’ the stagecoach yesterday. You talkin’ about more money than that?”
“I sure am, Robert Ford! I’m a major, famous, iconic dumbass. This thing’ll be worth $30,000 if I only sign one! But if I sign a whole bunch of ‘em, they won’t be worth nothin’, so please make sure I stop with this one…”
“Really? I think I can help you with that, Jesse. You finished writin’ yet?”
Top right: Photo courtesy of Leslie HindmanAuctioneers
Lower right: Cast member Brad Pitt jokes with photographers during the news conference for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 8, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Cassese