Steve McQueen's script archive leads Heritage entertainment sale
The latest Heritage Auctions sale of entertainment memorabilia has realized more than $1 million in Dallas, led by the personal script archive of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen.
"Strong bidding across the spectrum drove this auction past expectations," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.
At the heart of the sale was a collection of 18 leather-bound screenplays, cataloguing the greatest movies of McQueen's career.
Originating from the late actor's personal archive, the screenplays all featured his hand-written notes on how to play scenes and character development – offering a rare and valuable insight into his acting process.
Leading the collection were McQueen's screenplays for the 1968 crime thriller Bullitt and the 1971 racing epic Le Mans, which each sold for $55,000, followed by the 1963 WWII classic The Great Escape, which fetched $50,000.
Further Hollywood treasures included an original, unmarked 1943 Academy Award, its recipient and category unknown, which sold for $47,500; a plaque from Marilyn Monroe's grave site, replaced due to wear and tear in the 1990s, which sold for $35,000; and a dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra which sold for $10,000.
Notable music lots included a Gold Record Sales Award for Otis Redding's timeless classic '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' which sold for $12,500; an autograph album page signed by The Beatles, circa 1963, which realized $10,625; and a guitar signed by The Highwaymen - Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson – which sold for $7,500.
The sale also offered a large selection of vintage concert posters, headlined by a rare window card advertising Roy Orbison live at the Fargo Civic Auditorium in August 1964, which sold for $16,250.
In addition to rare posters featuring the likes of Little Richard, Duane Eddy, and Ike & Tina Turner, a standout lot was a 1966 Shea Stadium concert poster advertising an appearance of Adam West as Batman, backed by 26 'Batusi Girls', which sold for $13,750.
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