Sam Wagstaff, handwritten letter to Anne MacDonald, with references to Robert Mapplethorpe’s success, January 6, 1982.

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Handwritten double-sided letter

Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

“Now that he’s hit the big time and has a real business going, he’s finding that one is just poorer at a richer level, with a staff (already yet) working for him 5 days a week. Time to be an artist rather than a factory manager is hard to find. Success might ruin Robert financially but it sure will never spoil him.”

“Photos still continue to take up too much time and money.  I think I’ll do one more show and book (but rotten CRAZY , shake them with laughter & rage & embarrassment)…”

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