We've often discussed "short snorters", banknotes bearing signatures of a group of people commemorating a common connection or event. With permission we're
republishing here a September 11, 2017 Coin World article by Arthur Friedberg about the sale of a massive World War II short snorter from the collection of actress Marlene Dietrich.
A short-snorter roll made up of 83 notes is being promoted as one of the featured items in a sale of autographs being held by Swann Galleries in New York City on Nov. 7. Its estimated price of
$3,500 to $5,000 stretches the limits at which these are usually sold, but when you look at its pedigree, and some of the signatures on it, the figure becomes understandable.
It was assembled by actress and singer Marlene Dietrich. A German national, she became a U.S. citizen in the 1930s, and during World War II she toured so widely over a span of four years to
entertain troops for the United Service Organizations that she was awarded the U.S. War Department's Medal of Freedom, in 1947, for her service and her stand against Nazism.
Dietrich's short-snorter roll features notes from an assortment of countries and has over 1,000 signatures by military & entertainment figures. Among them are Ernest Hemingway, George S. Patton,
and Irving Berlin.
To read the complete article, see:
Famed actress Marlene Dietrich's massive short snorter for sale
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