Lot 43 of 202:
Lenny Bruce's stage microphone  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$3,600
$2,000 - $3,000

Lenny Bruce’s stage microphone: Shure Unidyne Model 55S, Ser. No. 5331 [Mfd. July 1953] with floor stand by Atlas Sound, Brooklyn

On telescopic stand, so extends from 44" to 72", with cord. 

Most clubs provided their own PA systems but they often weren’t suited to the rapid, free-style delivery Lenny had developed by the mid- 50’s. The iconic Shure Unidyne 55S, with its wide-angled, polar acoustics, produced less feedback and reduced background noise -- especially suited for the small, tight, stages Lenny frequently encountered. He sometimes carried a microphone of his own just in case. There is no indicia of ownership on the microphone or stand itself but it was obtained from Frankie Ray Perilli, Bruce’s former partner/manager. Included as a bonus is a one-page-letter from Bruce setting up the conditions for a private engagement he was planning in Chicago. Among them “Club is to rent Shure Brothers microphone #556/s [sic] in good working order…” Typed carbon, retained file copy, unsigned, 15 Nov 1962.  Although the letter mistakenly refers to model 556/s, stapled to it is Bruce’s holographic draft, written in blue ink on both sides of an envelope, referring to it correctly as Model 55S.

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Some normal wear, very good, well maintained.
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