Oct 27, 2022 - Sale 2619

Sale 2619 - Lot 25

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
BRUCE, LENNY. Group of 5 letters, each Signed, to various recipients, including three Autograph Letters and two Typed Letters. Each 1 page, 4to or 8vo, two on hotel stationery; faint dampstaining or minor loss to corner of 1959 letters. Vp, 1959-62

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5 May 1959, TLS, "Love Lenny Bruce," to "Dear Mr. [Louis] Sobol": "You've got a helluva nerve using my name in that Shmata [Schmatte] that has accomplished nil, except to perhaps swell the coffers of San Simeon [CA, home of Hearst Castle], and provide a place for the insalubrious writings of that mutation of Earl Browder, and Father Coughlin, Jack O'Brien.
"But I forgive you, because I am grateful to you, for two mentions in two days!! However I couldn't bring myself to opening a thank you note with, '.....and no matter how big I get, Mr. Sobol, you gave me my first break....,' and blah, blah, blah. . . ."
11 June 1959, TLS, "Love Lenny," to "Dear Vic[tor Lownes, Playboy Promotions Manager?]": Here is a piece I have written about show biz. Maybe you can use it in the magazine at some future date. Here's hoping."
Nd, ALS, to Playboy editor Ray Russell: "Thank you for your interest in me. Should I thank you? Maybe you[re] not interested in me. Maybe the real Ray Russell never heard of me! Maybe the stationery was forged. It's a big commie trick!!
"Ray the main thing to remember is that if we all pull together we can get Hugh Heffner to wear black socks." With a postscript: "The spelling is LENNY."
Circa 24 January 1962, ALS, "Love Lenny" twice, to talent manager Ron Singer, written on the verso of Singer's letter to him: "Yeah! But dig, after you have the brochure who do you sell it to, how--what I need is someone to sell the shares of what ever some one who believes that there is an untapped market shot: The picture about a junkie prostitute that has made $$$ would have made mucho . . . if a junkie prostitute made the film. You have to dig it to dig it. You dig?" With a postscript: "No yes for a review . . . . Dock Sobel is got me [arrow pointing to small drawing of man being chased by an axe]. But the movie I wish you would help me."
Nd, ALS, "Love Lenny," to Singer: "I have to wait till I fly home Feb 10th or 12 to send you the short. I'm the only one who knows where it is. So the 12 [small drawing of man climbing a ladder waving a flag]."
With--Three items, unsigned: Partly-printed letter from Bruce to Margot Chapman returning payment for Confessions of a Dirty Talking Dope Fiend because "Production of this record has come to a halt due to my present difficulties with the obscenity law." 3/4 page, 4to. Np, 24 April 1964 • Two retained copies of typed letters from Ron Singer to Bruce, inquiring about interest in appearing in a Broadway show, or suggesting that he produce a brochure for a proposed film project. Each 1 page, 4to. Np, 24 January 1962.