Mario Puzo's Godfather archive set for auction

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2016-01-27 12:18:23

The literary archive of Godfather author Mario Puzo is heading to auction next month.

The remarkable collection, featuring rare manuscripts, notes, storyboards and correspondence, traces the development of Puzo's best-selling Mafia epic and his screenplay for the Oscar-winning film that followed.

Comprising 45 banker's boxes, the archive will be offered as a single lot with an estimated value in excess of $400,000.

"No writer has made as indelible an impact on the world of organized crime as Mario Puzo," said a spokesperson for RR Auction. "His ascendance from obscure writer to best-selling author to Oscar-winning screenwriter is a tale of hard work, sleepless nights, and innumerable hours of research.

Spanning nearly a half-century of study, this remarkable archive typifies the meticulous nature of its late owner with an extensive and revealing clarity, leaving no doubt of the sheer indefatigable legend Puzo left in his wake."

Amongst the major highlights of the archive are the original 744-page working draft manuscript for the Godfather novel, which Puzo had initially titled “Mafia”, and the typewriter which he almost certainly used to write his masterpiece.

It also includes storyboards he used whilst charting the progression of his characters; pages of handwritten dialog for The Godfather and The Godfather II; detailed correspondence between Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola; and Puzo’s copy of Ford Coppola’s Godfather ‘Bible’, a three-ring binder covering every aspect of the classic film's production.

In addition to the Godfather material, the archive features rare drafts charting the creation of nine further novels, from his 1955 literary debut The Dark Arena to his final novel Omerta, published in 2000.

It also includes a wealth of material relating to Puzo's work as a Hollywood screenwriter, including drafts and notes on his scripts for The Godfather trilogy, Earthquake, Superman and The Cotton Club.

The Mario Puzo Archive will be offered as part of the RR Auction online sale, which opens for bidding on February 11 and ends on February 18.

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