It's always a bit baffling what sells on eBay and for how much.
The latest in the world of Julie Newmar?
A simple file card with Julie's autograph on it went for $40.
Some people don't know Julie has a dot.com and a personalized signed photo can be had for not much more?
Selling for less was a full letter from Julie.
How is that possible?
Some autograph collectors prefer 3x5 cards. Their fetish is to have a neat little metal box to file their items. Anything that isn't 3x5 won't be purchased.
On Facebook, fanboys often try to get a celebrity's attention. Aside from "liking" any remark or any photo that is posted, the fanboy will post an inane question: "What beach was that photo taken at?" "What brand of lipstick were you wearing in that picture?" "You filmed that on location on New York? I'm in Asbury Park, only 4 hours away. Next time you're in New York leave a message on my page and I'll drive in and treat you to lunch!"
This type of thing is usually ignored. But when somebody takes the time to send in a fan letter and asks a desperate question or seeks advice, he might...MIGHT...get lucky.
Don't strain your eyes.
"Jim" on September 22, 1983 (why, a mere 36 years ago) asked Julie what characteristics turn her on in a man. Her reply:
"The characteristics that turn me on most in a man, only its hard to explain, is the ability to communicate and listen, and communicate how one realy is, and to be able to hear how the other person really is. That's all."
One hopes that this helped Jim out. How the letter came into the position of an auction house, one can only speculate.
The auction included a signed picture of Julie and James Mason from the film version of "Marriage-go-Round." I can only add one piece of trivia from personal experience: James Mason was a cat man!
Julie was not yet "The Catwoman," but James Mason was always a "cat man." I only met the man once, and it was at a cat show. Wearing a fedora and a bright colored fuzzy sweater, he was among the thousands attending a combination cat judging show and cat-product display held at a now-defunct convention center on 59th Street. He showed pure delight in beholding every different breed in each cage, taking a lot of time to admire each animal.
He was not with a lady friend (I was, so we had other things to do besides glom James Mason). Perhaps he found a new companion at the show? A cat he named KATRIN after Julie's character in the film? Maybe he noticed a young kitten and pronounced, "A Star is Born!"
Lastly, who knows why this item fetched $200. It probably is a combination of being a rare "high grade" trading card from an old set of Batman art AND having Julie's autograph on it. It's always a bit comical when Julie's asked to sign a comic book featuring a Catwoman that doesn't look like her, or that Funko "Catwoman action figure" with the square head that doesn't even look like a human. Just a reminder...you can get FOUR signed and personalized 8x10's of Julie in various Catwoman poses (and many others) at JulieNewmar.com!