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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Godfather Script Sets Record

Marlon Brando's annotated film script from the 1972 film The Godfather brought more than $390,000 in an auction of the star's memorabilia that netted a total of $3 million.

The script fetched more than 20 times its estimated auction price. It was the largest amount paid for any single item at the auction, and the highest amount ever paid for a film script, according to Christie's New York.

Godfather mementos were the hottest items under the hammer. A letter from the book's author, Mario Puzo, asking Brando to take the role of Don Corleone brought $170,000 A photograph of Brando and Rita Moreno in the 1968 film The Night of the Following Day - the only piece of movie memorabilia that Brando kept in his home - brought $63,000. A 1961 telegram from Brando to Marilyn Monroe sold for $50,000 "I feel humbled by collectors and fans who have spent so freely to own a piece of my father's heritage and history," Miko Brando, one of the star's children, said in a statement.

Prices included a 20 per cent buyer's premium on sales up to $260,000 and 12 per cent on amounts exceeding $260,000. The collection featured more than 250 items removed from Brando's Los Angeles home, where the famously private actor had lived since 1960. He died of lung failure in July 2004 at age 80.

The previous record for a film script was $320,000 for Clark Gable's copy of Gone With the Wind in 1996.

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