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    "Gone With the Wind" Pre-Production Script

    Appraised Value:

    $30,000 - $35,000

    Appraised on: July 25, 1998

    Appraised in: Portland, Oregon

    Appraised by: Rudy Franchi

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Roadshow Remembers (#1017)

    Originally Aired: November 6, 2006

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    Form: Script
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 1930s, 20th Century
    Value Range: $30,000 - $35,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:37)


    Appraised By:

    Rudy Franchi

    Heritage Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: We didn't know that we had the script until we rooted through a box of books that my husband brought home to me-- I collect old cookbooks and old poetry books-- and found this in it. And we honestly didn't think it was a real...

    APPRAISER: About how long ago was that?

    GUEST: About 30 years ago.

    APPRAISER: Really?

    GUEST: Mm-hmm.

    APPRAISER: Recently, "Gone With The Wind" has gone through another one of its re-releases of many since 1939. They've reprinted it, toned up the color and everything else. A whole new generation is seeing it. There's usually three different kinds of scripts associated with a film. The one that is most common-- that we all usually see-- is called the post-production script. The next script that you see is usually a shooting script. This is a pre-production script. This is what was sent out to the art department so that they would know what decor they'd have to do. To the prop department. It was the first script sent out to the cast so that they could begin to learn their lines. As a matter of fact, it says right here... What's also interesting about this-- we know that it has to be preliminary-- is because the name of the director is George Cukor. George Cukor went onto the set the first few days of "Gone With The Wind." Mr. Cukor was very famous for directing women. Katharine Hepburn was his leading star. He did these very, very lush romantic comedies, and they thought that he would work very well with Vivien Leigh. They didn't contend with Clark Gable. Clark Gable could not abide him, and said, "One of us has to go." And, of course, Clark Gable being the megastar, it was George Cukor who went, and Victor Fleming was brought in. So what we have is a pre-production script of the first part of "Gone With The Wind." Of all the states that a script can go through, this might be one of the rarest. If this came up for auction at a major movie memorabilia auction, I estimate that it would go between $30,000 and $35,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my God. Are you kidding?


    GUEST: It's not even a person's script.

    APPRAISER: No, no. It's even more valuable than that.

    GUEST: My eyes are tearing. Oh, my. Even though it's a partial script?

    APPRAISER: Well, it's the first half of the film. I mean, you know, so it's...

    GUEST: I had no idea.

    APPRAISER: It's the state that really counts. The fact that it was before anything was finalized for the production of the film. This script might even have existed before Vivien Leigh was actually signed.

    GUEST: I won't go home in disgrace today.

    APPRAISER: It was worth the trip down to the ROADSHOW, right?

    GUEST: Honestly, I had no idea.

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