Rare ‘Citizen Kane’ scripts fetch over US$102K

The China Post - - ARTS -

Or­son Welles’ per­sonal manuscripts for “Citizen Kane,” in­clud­ing the film’s fi­nal re­vised shoot­ing script, brought over US$102,000 at auc­tion.

The three screen­plays were of­fered by Pro­files in History on Tues­day. They il­lus­trate the evo­lu­tion in the cre­ation of the clas­sic mas­ter­piece.

An orig­i­nal first rough draft of “Amer­i­can,” the work­ing ti­tle for “Citizen Kane,” writ­ten in 1940 by Welles’ col­lab­o­ra­tor Her­man Mankiewicz sold for US$32,000.

The Cal­abasas, Cal­i­for­nia-based auc­tion­eer said the next draft fea­tur­ing a fuller evo­lu­tion of the script brought US$25,600.

The third and fi­nal re­vised shoot­ing script fetched US$ 44,800. It in­cludes Welles’ hand­writ­ten an­no­ta­tions, di­rect- ing notes and cam­era-an­gle di­a­grams. It’s signed by most of the cast prin­ci­pals.

The seller was a close friend of Welles who ac­quired the ma­te­rial from the film­maker, who died in 1985.

The sale also in­cluded a rare orig­i­nal 49- page CBS- is­sued tran­script of the 1938 Mer­cury Theatre ra­dio broad­cast of “War of the Worlds” — an adap­ta­tion of H.G. Wells’ science-fic­tion novel — and the cover let­ter from the net­work apol­o­giz­ing for the mass hys­te­ria cre­ated by the re­al­is­tic drama­ti­za­tion of a Mar­tian in­va­sion of Earth. It came from another col­lec­tor and sold for US$28,800.

In ad­di­tion, a typed man­u­script with Welles’ hand­writ­ten di­rec­to­rial notes for a pro­posed tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of “Citizen Kane” in the 1950s brought US$20,480.

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