Studio portrait of British-born comedian and actor Bob Hope (1903 - 2003), 1940s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Many of us remember where we were the day that Michael Jackson died. I was at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas attending an auction for (believe this) Michael Jackson and Bob Hope memorabilia. I had just lost out on a bid to buy Michael Jackson’s hand written lyrics to the song “Bad”. My wife Christine, who was up in the room. texted me saying, “You’re not going to believe this… but Michael Jackson is dead”. I ran up to the room and sat watching the news coverage in disbelief.

After an hour or so, we decided to distract ourselves and go back down to the auction. When we returned, the auctioneer was now selling memorabilia from Bob Hope’s estate. My attention peaked when the next item up for bid was Bob Hope’s personal microphone. It was beautiful. The microphone was a Unidyne microphone with gold leaf and Mr. Hope’s name engraved on it.

I have been a collector of vintage and famous microphones for eons. So when I saw this mic of Bob Hope’s… I had to have it. I won’t tell you the ridiculous price that I ended up paying for it, but I will tell you that along with a vintage telescoping microphone of Bob Barker’s (circa 1975)… this mic of Mr. Hope’s is among my favorites.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .