Moe Howard memorabilia auction has something for every wise guy
If you’re a Three Stooges fan, why, you oughta … check out the “Personal Collection of Moe Howard,” a special five-day online auction June 24-28 presented by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Auction items include personal effects from the head Stooge, including “Columbia contracts from the 1940s, with many signed by Curly, dozens of scripts from his Three Stooges films, movie stills, and movie posters including a rare one-sheet of ‘Uncivil Warriors,’” the auction house says.
Also on offer are vintage video and photographs of Moe and his family, along with handwritten poems, letters and the manuscript of Howard’s autobiography, “Moe Howard & The 3 Stooges.”
Minimum bids begin at $300.
The main artery of the human body is the AORTA. Unless, it belongs to one of the Three Stooges, in which case it's the WHY I OUGHTA!!!! I apologize to Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine and Dr. Howard. pic.twitter.com/O5jgSGbvmA
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) November 9, 2018
Born Moses Harry Horwitz in 1897, Howard started out in vaudeville before gaining his greatest fame as the short-tempered leader of the slap-happy, slapstick trio that variously included his brothers Jerome (Curly) and Samuel (Shemp), Louis Feinberg (Larry) and, later, other minor Stooges.
Pre-Stooges, Moe and Shemp Howard performed a vaudeville show circa 1918-21 at Oakford Park, a Jeannette amusement park that operated from 1896 to 1940.
“They appeared at Kennywood Park, and the (former) Holiday House in Monroeville,” according to Richard Sanner, a member of the Jeannette Arts Council, which hosted a 2017 Stoogefest attended by several members of the Howard clan.
Topped with his signature ragged bowl haircut, Moe Howard and the Stooges first hit the silver screen in 1934 with the short romantic farce, “Woman Haters.” Their trademark Stooge antics — including eye pokes, head bops and nose pulls — evolved in subsequent films, along with catch phrases like Moe’s “Oh, a wise guy, huh?” and Curly’s “Soitenly” and “Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.”
To me, if you order curly fries and the person taking your order doesn't say 'nyuk-nyuk-nyuk, soitenly!' they're not doing it right.
— John M (@John_M15) October 23, 2016
During the 1940s, Stooge comedy turned political with anti-Nazi short films like “You Nazty Spy!”, “I’ll Never Heil Again” and “They Stooge to Conga.”
In later years, as they aged out of the demands of physical comedy, the Stooges made guest appearances in films like “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in 1963 and on television talk and variety shows. Moe Howard outlived most of his fellow Stooges, passing away in 1975.
Hollywood paid tribute to the group with the 2012 Farrelly brothers film, “The Three Stooges,” starring Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Will Sasso as Curly and Sean Hayes as Larry.
Now fans with a few C-notes burning holes in their pockets can own a piece of Stooge history.
“Fortunately for collectors, Moe kept many of his handwritten comedy sketches, including the handwritten draft for ‘Three Little Pigskins.’ Comic books, vintage hand puppets, and signed photos are also part of Moe’s collection, with something for every Moe Howard fan,” the auction house says.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .