Dallas, TX (PRWEB) (March 21, 2005)–The on-air microphone prominently seen on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show desk from the 1960s through the 1970s will be offered in a public auction of entertainment memorabilia, April 22 and 23, conducted by Heritage Galleries of Dallas, TX. The auction also includes a Grammy Award presented to the Rolling Stones.
Carson’s microphone was rescued from going into the trash bin two decades ago by The Tonight Show‘s chief boom operator, Stan Sweeney. He now has consigned the microphone to the upcoming auction.
“It’s only due to the incredible foresight of Mr. Sweeney that this piece of TV history survived. It’s been in his safe-keeping ever since it was rescued from the trash heap,” said Doug Norwine, music and entertainment auctions director of Heritage Galleries. “During a period of technical upgrades at The Tonight Show in the 1980s, the offer was put out to certain members of the crew to ‘take a memento or two before we throw it out.’ It wasn’t uncommon at the time for studios to get rid of old equipment in this manner,” explained Norwine.
The label on the Shure model SM33 unidirectional ribbon microphone reads, “Johnny’s Mic… Not Ed’s… Not Fred’s…,” references to co-host Ed McMahon and producer Fred DeCordova.
Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show on NBC from 1962 to 1992. He died this past January 23 at the age of 79.
“Mr. Sweeney told us he politely declined a recent offer from a well-known celebrity to buy the microphone. Instead, he consigned it to the auction so that all of Carson’s fans can have a chance to own it. It is a unique piece of memorabilia from an important and beloved entertainer,” said Norwine.