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‘Godfather’ Author’s Work Sells For $625,000 At Auction

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Mario Puzo, famous as the author of The Godfather and co-scriptwriter for the trilogy of movies of the same name, has had his work sold for a massive $625,000 –  almost 17 years after his death. The author’s estate put up his work at a Boston auction on Thursday and was purchased by an American buyer.

According to The Boston Globe, the 45-box archive included much of Puzo’s lifetime work including scripts, screenplays, drafts and manuscripts – many from his famous novel that went on to create the iconic films that we know and love. A representative from the Boston Auction House stated:

The archive covers his entire literary career and provides extraordinary insight into his artistry. We are honored to have been selected by Puzo’s estate and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results of the sale.

The works consist of both Puzo’s handwriting and also letters, notes and manuscripts typed up on his typewriter. Incredibly, amongst all the drafts are personal letters including one he wrote to Marlon Brando who portrayed Don Corleone in The Godfather movie. Radio Boston spoke with Bobby Livingstone, the vice president of the auction house, as he said that he has “a letter that Puzo sent to Brando that tells you that Brando was out, wasn’t even going to get the part.”

I have a letter that Puzo sent to Brando that tells you that Brando was out, wasn’t even going to get the part. It’s mind-blowing

The RR Auction in Boston was expecting the sale of the archive to fetch around $400,000 and were therefore thrilled with the final outcome – an offer they couldn’t refuse. The successful selling of Puzo’s work will be added to the long list of iconic memorabilia sold at auction in recent years.

According to CBS Boston, the auction house has stated that the buyer wishes to remain anonymous.

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