YMA SUMAC

Bold signature and inscription, “To/John/with appreciation/Yma Sumac,” in blue fountain pen on a 6×4 white index card.  Very fine condition.  A pencil signature on the reverse side indicates that this autograph was obtained in person on January 1964.  John Verzi collection.  The Peruvian singer has been a cult favorite for decades, since the release of her first record albums in the early 1950s that featured exotic songs especially composed by her husband to showcase her extraordinary voice, which extended over nearly five octaves. Despite her claim in a late interview that she signed “millions of autographs,” autographed material is actually quite elusive. Snarky rumors that she was actually born Amy Camus from Brooklyn were completely unfounded.

$30