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An auction you can't refuse

Items from Brando's estate include 'Godfather' script
/ Source: The Associated Press

Marlon Brando fans, it’s time to make an offer that can’t be refused.

Over 250 items, including Brando’s annotated script from 1972’s “The Godfather” and a letter from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. urging his participation in a civil rights march, will be auctioned June 30. The items are being put up for bid by Brando’s estate.

Helen Bailey, the head of popular arts at Christie’s New York, expects the auction to reap over $1 million. But given the intensity of many Brando fans, it could be significantly more, she said, especially for items that give insight into Brando’s method acting and approach to characters.

“Some of the earlier scripts are really interesting,” Bailey told The Associated Press Thursday. “Later on, he didn’t make that many notes and said he didn’t learn his lines, but in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there’s a lot of notations on the scripts and pages and pages of notes.”

The collection features items removed from Brando’s Los Angeles home, where the famously private actor had lived since 1960. He died of lung failure in July 2004 at age 80.

Another highlight is a letter from Mario Puzo, who shortly after publishing “The Godfather,” wrote Brando: “I think you’re the actor who can play the Godfather.”

Bailey says that many of the items relate to Brando’s interest in American Indians, including a gift of artifacts from Val Kilmer, his co-star in 1996’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”

Also available will be Brando’s Oscar nomination certificate for “On the Waterfront” and the black velvet tunic he wore in “Superman” in 1978.

Other items are more personal, including numerous musical instruments, boxing gloves and his foosball table.

The collection will be open to public viewing June 24-29 at Christie’s in New York and June 7-10 at the auction house’s Los Angeles gallery.