Brando Auction Opens Door On Legend's Life
MARLON BRANDO's personal script from movie THE GODFATHER is among a collection of the movie legend's possessions being auctioned in America later this year (06). Around 100 items, including Brando's harmonica, his BAFTA award for 1952 movie VIVA ZAPATA and letters written to him by playwright TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, will go under the hammer at the Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas, on 6 and 7 October (06). Auction director of music and entertainment, DOUG NORWINE, says, Brando was simply one of the greatest actors and he was so reclusive in life that his mystique will always be celebrated. These are such wild cards, the prices could go through the roof." It's the second major sale of Brando's possessions since he died of lung failure in 2004 aged 80. In June 2005, a Brando auction raised more than $2.4 million (GBP1.3 million), including a Godfather script that sold for $312,800 (GBP174,000). Other movie memorabilia in the auction includes clothes worn by JAMES DEAN in movies EAST OF EDEN and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.