Lot 14 of 202:
Lenny Bruce's business records  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$3,000
Estimate:
$5,000 - $8,000

Title:
Collection of approximately 1,500 business records from 1957 through 1965, the bulk of Bruce’s productive career - about sixty have Bruce’s holographic annotations or notes
Author:
Place:
Various places
Publisher:
Date:
1957-1965
Description:

Housed in a banker's box, with not much room left over.

Of the 60 or so with Bruce’s holographic annotations or notes, some have just a few words to approve an expenditure or explain what it was for [$200 to take Playboy magazine writer Shel Silverstein out to dinner in 1962!]; others up to a full page of notes or instructions to his secretary, manager or accountant. Interesting content for the collector, archivist, or researcher trying to track Bruce’s life and career, providing a trove of information unavailable elsewhere. About 25% are bank and accounting ledgers. The rest are a wide range of business correspondence, legal matters, hotel and travel receipts, telegrams, business and personal receipts. Most of the receipts are originals; for other records about half are originals or typed carbons and the rest are a mix of vintage photocopies and photostats. The records are disorganized and came from a variety of sources including Bruce’s secretary Jan Matthews, managers Frankie Ray Perilli and Jack Sobel, and accountants Sheldon Cooper and Seymour Grush. 

Partial provenance: a) Letter from Sheldon Cooper to Jan Matthew, 1962: “I have here … many of Lenny’s personal and business papers… Most of this material…are copies of originals. The ‘originals were sent to Seymore [sic] Grush…What he has done with them, I don’t know.  b) Single page, typed letter from Bruce to Sobel, Sept 26, 1962.  “You and I have no more business relationship. I would be very grateful to you if you were to send all materials."

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Condition:
Overall very good condition, with wear normal to such materials.
 
Item number:
304391
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