Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
MISSING SON OF ERROL FLYNN: "WORKING ON A 16MM WIGGED OUT UNDERGROUND TYPE FILM" FLYNN, SEAN. Autograph Letter Signed, "Sean," to "Dear Leo," mentioning some weapons he obtained, describing a grenade blast he narrowly survived, stating that he is working on an experimental film on the Vietnam War, explaining that adventure and sex are largely incompatible, noting that the opportunities of Vietnam are perhaps not worth the danger. 2 pages, 4to, written on separate sheets, onionskin paper; few small holes at horizontal folds (without loss to text), few small holes at one edge of each page, faint scattered foxing. Saigon, 19 September 1968

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". . . [G]ot hold of a S&W [Smith & Wesson?] and traded a "Lurp" [Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol unit member] for his little 'car-15' [Colt Automatic Rifle-15], you know, the sawed off M-16--dainty but a real crowd pleased on rock & roll.
"Yeah, I got slightly shrapneled two weeks ago. Special Forces and mobile strike people assaulted an outpost on a hill overrun by a score of NVA [North Vietnamese Army]. Guy ahead of me was blown away and the same grenade fucked my self. Saw him go down in the rainy mud in my viewfinder--also top slides. I don't know what mother told you, but I am working on a 16mm wigged out underground type film on the war. The Ha Thanh assault will, I believe, put it in a separate class. Photo book in works too but must New York-wards for definite word.
"Man you talk about women--I see these things all limp, bitable and lusty . . . . The Vietnamese women . . . tall with beautiful black silky hair, white translucent Áo-dàis. Upper class desirable but they think of us as long-nosed infidels; . . . but me too old for this . . . . What it comes to is this simply: humping and adventure are 90% mutually exclusive. . . ."
With--A small archive of related newspaper clippings and ephemera. 1970s-91.
Sean Flynn (1941-1984 declared) was an American actor, photojournalist, and son of actor Errol Flynn, who disappeared in April of 1970 while working as a freelancing war correspondent in Cambodia. Flynn's remains have yet to be found.