‘Wizard of Oz’ scripts on auction
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. –