558: GONE WITH THE WIND SCRIPT FOR SCRNWRITER S. HOWARD
DAVID O. SELZNICK’S GONE WITH THE WIND PRESENTATION SCRIPT FOR SCREENWRITER SIDNEY HOWARD - (MGM, 1939) This important leather bound presentation Final Shooting Script is one of the limited number of bound scripts given by producer David O. Selznick to certain cast members and some of the principle production crew in December, 1939. With “Gone With the Wind, Screen Play, Sidney Howard” stamped in gilt on the front cover, this handsome script has vintage black and white stills from the film (placed with corresponding dialogue) interspersed amongst the 256 pages. The script is housed in a custom clamshell case. The special full leather binding of Sidney Howard’s script matches that of the scripts presented to the four stars of the film (Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland). All of the other bound scripts given to some cast and crew that have come to market were in less deluxe bindings of cloth and leather. Selznick inscribed each script before presentation, but tragically Sidney Howard died in a tractor accident on his farm in August 1939, and thus Selznick did not inscribe this script before presenting it to Howard’s widow. This rare and extremely desirable script is the first full leather bound Gone With the Wind presentation script to have surfaced in over ten years. It was in the personal collection of a Gone With the Wind collector for over 30 years since acquired directly from Sidney Howard’s widow. A rare and exquisite Gone With the Wind artifact, prepared by David O. Selznick for writer Sidney Howard, who posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for his wonderful adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War epic. Joints rubbed, lower corner tips rubbed through. Housed in a matching full leather custom clamshell box. At Christie’s December, 1996 sale of Hollywood memorabilia, a similar full leather presentation script given by David O. Selznick to Clark Gable – who incidentally did not win the Academy Award for his performance in the film – sold for $244,500.00.