A microphone that sat on late US TV host Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW desk in the 1960s and 1970s has been bought by an anonymous bidder for $50,787 (GBP26,730).

The microphone, salvaged by chief boom operator STAN SWEENEY, still has the words "Johnny's mic... not Ed's... not Fred's..." on a label in reference to show co-host Ed McMahon and producer FRED DE CORDOVA.

The device sold for twice the estimated price at Dallas' Heritage Galleries.

The company reportedly plans to auction Carson's desk later this year (05).

Carson died in January (05) at the age of 79.

26/04/2005 09:09