Marlon Brando Collectibles And Memorabilia
Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004) was an American actor and political activist regarded by many as the greatest actor of his generation.
He was famous for his intense ‘Method’ style of acting, and achieved acclaim for his notable roles in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951), ‘On The Waterfront’ (1954), ‘The Godfather’ (1972) and ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979).
During his career he appeared in 40 films, and was nominated for 8 Academy awards (winning the Best Actor Oscar twice in 1954 and 1972).
In New York in 2005 a collection of Marlon Brando memorabilia was sold at a Christie’s auction. Notable items included:
- Brando’s annotated working script from ‘The Godfather’, which sold for a record-breaking price of $312,800
- An autograph letter from Godfather author Mario Puzo to Brando, urging him to take the role in the film, which sold for $132,000
- Brando’s personal collection of 105 books on acting and the theatre, which sold for $63,600
- The transcript of a telegram sent by Brando to Marilyn Monroe in February 1961, sold for $36,000
- A letter from author Jack Kerouac to Brando, suggesting he purchase the rights to his novel ‘On The Road’ and play the lead role of Dean Moriarty, sold for $33,600
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