Lot #1060
Lenny Bruce

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Estimate: $1200+


Group lot of handwritten material from controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce, dating between 1960 and 1966 and consisting of seven pages written in ink and ballpoint. The group is addressed to ‘Count’ Lewis DePasquale, a jazz keyboardist and organist who, after meeting Bruce in January 1960, became his right-hand man and frequent collaborator. The material includes (spelling and grammar retained):

A six-page manuscript of notes on Hotel Mark stationery, signed “Love, Lenny,” in part: “Here’s plan. Run ad in paper for two week’s before opening of club. Beauty wanted for twisted Bunnies ‘position’ and girl singer’s stop and & nude sun hating and health potrot. A nudiest familiy who have posed togeather & grandmother 65 to 75 and other couple son & daughter or son & daughter in law. Prefere naturel shapes with nice generous stomacks pendleous bussoms to appear in live picture frame setting’s in night club. Must be a curent members of acredited nudist oganazation…Charles what ever devious matter you use get this ad in figged on the Roth Alberts decion’s quote nudity in it self cannot be considered obseen. Unquote.”

A fragment of an airmail envelope inscribed “To Count” and signed “Len B.”

A one-page note, unsigned, in full: “Get me something nice for my mother a bracelet with a nice stone in it something for about $3,000 you can get me a beautiful pice for really holesale it will cost you hockshop to sell, 1960 March, found a pice he idemized.”

Also includes a two-page letter from DePasquale to his pediatrician and a one-page note from DePasquale mentioning “L.B.” In overall very good to fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020