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Lenny Bruce 3 Vintage Photographic Prints Probably Unpublished

Set of three photographic prints of Lenny Bruce, varying conditions. Provenance: "Count" Lewis DePasquale; by descent

1. A glossy 8" x 10" sheet with 3 punch holes to the left margin affecting several images.. The sheet is mostly dark images of Lenny Bruce but also includes several images that are brighter of Lenny with another performer who is playing a guitar.

2. A strip of contact sheet prints of Lenny Bruce standing with a microphone likely during a stand-up routine, 2" x 10". Edges slightly rough cut.

3. A print sheet of a contact strip of images of Lenny Bruce and Honey Friedman, a former nightclub entertainer who worked as a stripper under the name Hot Honey Harlowe. She later wed Bruce in 1951, breaking off a relationship with a woman she loved in order to be with him. 10" x 8", near fine condition.

Lenny Bruce, an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist was renowned for his open, freestyle and critical form of comedy which contained satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States. Lenny would get in front of nightclub crowds and say anything and everything that was on his mind. He cursed profusely, talked about the U.S. government, made fun of taboo subjects (homosexuality, drug use, etc.) and basically upset every group and racial minority you can think of.  Lenny's story is a terrifying glimpse of a man before his time and how freedom is not always an option in certain circles. This set of prints include several with his wife, with whom he had a tumulus relationship, described by William S. Burroughs as something akin to Ozzie and Harriet - They shopped for wallpaper. They injected heroin.... they led a interesting life.   

A unique set of candid Lenny Bruce prints. 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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