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A Lenny Bruce handwritten note, 1961
5 1/4 x 4 1/4in
This piece was consigned directly by Sondra Kerr Blake, former wife of actor Robert Blake. From 1959 to 1961, she was a waitress at The Ash Grove, a coffee house and performance space on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, in the same place where Bud Freeman's Comedy Club is currently located. Lenny Bruce performed at The Ash Grove numerous times and one night, Bruce had an appointment to meet with the owner, Ed Pearl. Pearl never showed up, so Bruce asked Blake for a piece of paper to write him a note, which resulted in this lot. Blake gave the note to Pearl later that night, Pearl read it, and then crumpled it and threw it away. Blake retrieved it out of the trashcan, read it herself, thought it was funny, and held on to it all these years, never realizing how iconic Bruce would become.