Hey, Moe: Three Stooges Items From the Howard Family Are Coming to Auction

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For decades, Moses Horwitz—better known as Moe Howard—acted as the ringmaster for the Three Stooges, a revolving cast of comic actors specializing in slapstick humor that included his two brothers, Jerome “Curly” Horwitz and Samuel “Shemp” Horwitz.

Now, Stooge fans have an opportunity to get their hands on Moe’s personal collection of Stooge memorabilia. Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles will be auctioning off several of Moe’s possessions, including scripts, movie posters, and his passport.

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One of the highlights of the auction, which will be held from June 24 to 28, is Moe’s handwritten script for the 1934 short Three Little Pigskins, the fourth Stooges short released by Columbia Pictures. The two-page script, which features the Stooges as the Three Horsemen of Notre Dame, will accept bids starting at $7800.

The auction will also feature Moe’s personal poster for the 1935 Stooges short Uncivil Warriors ($30,000) and his passport, which was issued on May 11, 1939 and features both his legal name, Moses Hurovitz, and Moe Howard ($400). There are also several poems Moe wrote to his family, including one dispatched from a Boston hotel with a starting bid of $400. Titled “My Hearts [sic] Aglow,” it reads:

My hearts aglow, with thoughts of you Every minute of the day. My Hearts aglow, with dreams so true, ‘Til the long night fades away. My hearts aglow, with raptures new, My sweet, my angel mine. My hearts aglow, with love for you, I adore you, you’re divine. My hearts aglow, with memories sweet, Of what you’ve done for me. My hearts aglow, my life’s complete, You’re all I want, you three!

The entire assortment, which includes family photos, handwritten documents, and 16mm home movies, can be viewed at the Nate D. Sanders Auctions website.