AN EXTRAORDINARY PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY:INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN TO HIS LOVER AND COLLABORATORIN THIS PIECE, KAY SWIFT, IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION PORGY AND BESS, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION,ALSO SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN AND DUBOSE HEYWARD
GERSHWIN, George. Porgy and Bess. New York, 1935.
Deluxe limited edition of the piano-vocal score of Porgy and Bess, number 103 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and director Rouben Mamoulian, additionally inscribed by Gershwin to his lover Kay Swift, who was intimately involved in the composition of the piece: “For Kay —/ Best —/ George / Nov. 1 1935.” According to Ohl, “best,” their code word for “love,” allowed them to be discreet. $48,500.