Original Orson Welles typescripts top $100,000 in California



2015-09-30 08:44:56

A set of original Citizen Kane typescripts belonging to Orson Welles has sold for more than $100,000 in California.

The three original typescripts, each charting a different stage in the classic film's development, were sold during the first day of the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction.

The first script on offer was the earliest-known draft to exist in private hands. Retaining its original working title 'American', the 250-page screenplay was written by Herman Mankiewicz, using Welles' own 300-page manuscript filled with dialogue and camera directions. This highly rare early version sold for $32,000.

The second typescript to sell was a revised version, now bearing the title 'Citizen Kane' and the credit "original story and screenplay" by Herman Mankiewicz, which realized $25,600.

The final version offered was Orson Welles' personal copy of the shooting script, which he kept by his side throughout filming. Welles filled the document with handwritten annotations and camera setup diagrams, and crossed off each scene as he shot it.

Following the end of production, the cover was also signed by many of the principle performers including Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris, Paul Stewart, Joseph Cotten, and Erskine Sanford. This final copy sold for $44,800, bringing the combined total for the set to $102,400 (including buyer's premium).

Fans of the iconic director were also able to bid on an original transcript from one of his most notorious projects – the radio production of 'War of the Worlds' which terrified listeners across America in October 1938.

Following the broadcast - which many believed to be real, causing widespread panic and hysteria – CBS issued copies of the transcript to the press. This 49-page copy, complete with its original covering letter, sold for $28,800.

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