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Lot 152

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Jack Kerouac, 2 Receipts Relating to his St. Petersburg, Florida Home, From his Estate

Two documents from the Estate of Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the famous American writer who brought us "On The Road" (1957). They relate to Kerouac's last home at 5169 10th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Each is stamped verso with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp. Expected wear including paper folds and a few extra wrinkles, else very good. The larger document measures 8.5" x 7.25".

The lot is comprised of:

1. An invoice addressed to "Mr. J.L. Kerouac" dated October 13, 1969 for 32 ft worth of "5 ft. Basket Weave Fence" sections from the Florida Fence Company. The invoice was possibly unpaid, as Kerouac died suddenly just eight days later on October 21, 1969. On the reverse of this bill, the following pencil inscription can be found in an unknown hand: "Dr. Ezzo / St. Pete / Gen. Hospital". This almost certainly referred to Dr. Joseph A. Ezzo (1925-2019), an internal medicine specialist who was elected Chief of Staff at St. Petersburg General Hospital in April 1969.

Was this a possible doctor's recommendation for Jack, who had sustained a hernia during a bar fight several weeks before his death? Or for his mother Gabrielle-Ange Lévesque Kerouac (1895-1973)? Interestingly, neither Jack nor Gabrielle were sent to St. Petersburg General Hospital for their final illnesses/deaths in 1969 and 1973 respectively. Rather, they were both treated at St. Anthony's Hospital, roughly the same distance away from their 10th Avenue North house as St. Petersburg General Hospital was in the other direction.

2. Pinellas County Real Estate Tax Notice for 1969, addressed to "Kerouac, John L. and Gabrielle A. Kerouac". Property taxes in the amount of $478.83 would fall due on their St. Petersburg, Florida bungalow, listed as "Plat 058 Page 062 Disston Ridge Estates Lot 16."

Jack, Jack's third wife Stella, and Gabrielle had moved to St. Petersburg, Florida during the summer of 1968.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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