Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    A Buddy Lester Personally-Owned Trumpet, Circa 1940s. Brass, made by "G. LeBlanc / Paris," serial number "L 3706," further stamped "Made in France," facsimile signature rendered in silver-colored metal affixed to side of horn reads "Buddy Lester;" gifted to the comedian and character actor by his good friend, Chubby Jackson, the world-class bassist; Lester was a peripheral member of the Rat Pack and is best remembered for his work in numerous Jerry Lewis films including "The Ladies Man" (Paramount, 1961), "The Nutty Professor" (Paramount, 1963), "The Patsy" (Paramount, 1964), "Three on a Couch" (Columbia, 1966), and "The Big Mouth" (Columbia, 1967), among others, as well as his work in Frank Sinatra films including "Ocean's 11" (Warner Bros., 1960) and "Sergeants 3" (United Artists, 1962); Lester also had a long and prolific career in Las Vegas (where he was often Sinatra's opening act) and on television (where he guest-starred in countless series); this trumpet was obtained by the current owner directly from Lester's son who recollected that his father played this instrument regularly; housed in its own tan leather case, stenciled in black paint on the front "Buddy Lester;" included with a vintage print black and white photograph depicting Lester playing the trumpet as showgirls surround him plus a letter from Lester's son outlining the provenance of the piece.
    Case: 11" x 19" x 6"


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2015
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,725

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Sep 20, 2015 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 18 days left to consign to the 2021 July 31 Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Just received the catalog. Incredible! Never seen such a catalog and have been collecting since 1974. Congratulations!
    Philipp K.,
    Marina Del Ray, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search