Oct 27, 2022 - Sale 2619

Sale 2619 - Lot 28

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
BRUCE, LENNY. Two letters, each Signed, to Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet ("Dear Kup"), including an Autograph Letter and a Typed Letter. The first, explaining that he had no press agent and expressing appreciation. The second, "Lenny," in red ink, explaining that his vulgarity is due to having sold his soul to a sorcerer and to problems with understanding vernacular, thanking for the press but suggesting that next time he should write a good review. Each 3/4 page, 8vo; folds. Np, nd

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ALS: "If I had a press agent they wouldn't have brought more people down. I guess you know I appreciate all the warmth you and your wife have given me, and that's no Sophie Tucker Bullshit."
TLS: "Now that I am leaving I can tell you the truth. Do you think that I like to be ob[s]cene, vulgar and shocking?
"No! A pox upon those pagans.
"Years ago at the foxglove inn a sorcerer who charmed me with tales of riches and fine slaves bought my soul.
"That merlin was Herb Lyons. I have struggled with sat[a]n's scribe alas to no avail.
"The sword of Damascus hangs on a thin thread at the trad[e]winds. I start out thinking clean, I pour lysol on my putz and think clean and his dybuk [dybbuk] sits leering in the back in human form. Benny Dunnes mother. She keeps signaling in Jewish, 'Comon boychick . . . let's hear a Sophie Tucker number. Let's hear some schmutz!!'
"My problem is idiom . . . .
". . . PUTZ. That's the sound a motorboat makes. My question is . . . does Benny Dunnes mother wear a toupee.
"Seriously thanks for the press you gave me why don't you surprise me next time and give me a good review."