‘Wizard of Oz’ scripts on auc­tion

Daily Dispatch - - News - JILL SERJEANT

A col­lec­tion of draft scripts for

The Wizard of Oz and other ma­te­rial from the ar­chives of the 1939 film are go­ing up for auc­tion in De­cem­ber and could fetch up to $1.2m (R16.78m).

Los An­ge­les auc­tion­eers Pro­files in His­tory said on Thurs­day four hand­writ­ten draft screen­plays by Noel Lan­g­ley were be­ing sold. Lan­g­ley, who died in 1980, was one of about a dozen screen­writ­ers who worked on the big screen adap­ta­tion of L Frank Baum’s chil­dren’s book that cat­a­pulted Judy Gar­land to star­dom.

Lan­g­ley’s first three orig­i­nal drafts, dated be­tween April 5 and May 14, 1938, are be­ing sold along­side a fourth draft of the screen­play, writ­ten by Florence Ry­er­son and Edgar Al­lan Woolf, and a fifth draft from Au­gust 1938 by Lan­g­ley.

Brian Chanes, head of con­sign­ment at Pro­files in His­tory, told re­porters the more than 150 pages of hand­writ­ten man­u­script notes and pages were “the gen­e­sis of The Wizard of

Oz”, trac­ing its de­vel­op­ment and changes from first draft to the fi­nal ver­sion.

Some 16 pho­tos of spe­cial ef­fects, in­clud­ing the tor­nado se­quence that trans­ports Gar­land’s Dorothy from Kansas to the mag­i­cal land of Oz, will be in­cluded in the sin­gle lot.

The ar­chive is be­ing sold by an anony­mous pri­vate col­lec­tor who bought it years ago from the late Los An­ge­les mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tor, For­rest J Ack­er­man, Chanes said. –

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