BOSTON – Stars of the silver screen feature in RR Auction‘s December 16 Hollywood sale, which is highlighted by a wealth of outstanding signed photographs of icons like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
Among other top lots include a Gone With the Wind shooting script presented to Leslie Howard by David O. Selznick. When Gone With the Wind finished filming, and indeed as each person finished their respective employment as production progressed, David O. Selznick collected and destroyed the shooting scripts for reasons of secrecy.
Following the film’s Atlanta premiere on December 15, 1939 — just in time for Christmas — Selznick personally inscribed and signed specially bound copies of the final GWTW shooting script and presented them to a certain number of cast, crew, and associates.
While most of these scripts were specially bound in maroon cloth and leather, a select handful of recipients — including stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland — received deluxe full leather bindings. The script presented to Olivia de Havilland appeared at auction in 1997, where it achieved a $40,250 result; a year earlier, Clark Gable’s deluxe script achieved the remarkable price of $244,500. This is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind star script from one of Hollywood’s iconic films. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.
Another lot of note is a 16-page 1950 contract between Marilyn Monroe and 20th Century-Fox, dated May 12, 1950, and signed twice by Monroe. The year 1950 was a momentous one for the actress, whose briefly impressive turns in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve caught the eye of numerous film executives. The 1951 films Love Nest and As Young as You Feel cast Monroe in supporting roles, with the latter serving as her first assignment under the newly amended Twentieth Century-Fox contract. An intriguing document signed by the fast emerging starlet. It is estimated at $8,500-$10,000.
The Hollywood auction from RR Auction will conclude on December 16. For more information, go to www.rrauction.com.
View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/