War of the Worlds radio script to make $20,000?
An original typewritten script for the 1938 radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds is up for auction at Nate D Sanders.
It’s expected to make in excess of $20,000 ahead of the January 28 sale.
The radio play, performed as a fake news broadcast in 1938, famously caused panic across the US as people tuning in after the programme’s introduction mistook it for the real thing.
The stories of mobs on the streets were largely mythical, but there were a huge number of phone calls to the newspapers and police forces to find out whether the show was genuine.
Writer Orson Welles was forced to issue an apology for the confusion - although in reality he was delighted by the attention that the programme received.
The present lot was used during the show’s recording and comes from the collection of radio producer James Jewell.
A letter signed by Henry VIII is another highlight, with an opening bid of $15,000.
It reads in part: ''Trusty and right well-beloved, we greet you well: and signify unto you that notwithstanding the order and direction by us and our Council lately taken (that the soldiers of the garrison of Tournai should at their arrival at Dover receive their wages for one month beforehand to be paid to them by our servant Robert Fowler as in our instructions given to you was contained)”.
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