Mario Puzo Archive

Lot Number 4093
Author Mario Puzo
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Mario Puzo Archive

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Description No writer has made as indelible an impact on the world of organized crime as Mario Puzo. Just as the release of his fourth novel, The Godfather, brought the author into the public spotlight, the subsequent film adaptation ushered the mafia from out of the shadows into the public eye. Introducing the mob to the mainstream, The Godfather reshaped Italian-American culture—and the world’s perception of it. His ascendance from obscure writer to best-selling author to Oscar-winning screenwriter is a tale of hard work, sleepless nights, and innumerable hours of research. Spanning nearly a half-century of study, this remarkable archive typifies the meticulous nature of its late owner with an extensive and revealing clarity, leaving no doubt of the sheer indefatigable legend Puzo left in his wake.

Expertly organized within 45 banker’s boxes (view detailed inventory list; view highlights of four exceptional Godfather-content boxes: 37, 38, 39, and 40), this collection surveys the lifework of Puzo on a scale never before seen, and is highlighted by the book-to-screen progression of the work that defined Puzo’s career. From origin to finale, over six boxes worth of written material capture the exhaustive process Puzo undertook in bringing the Corleone family saga to vivid life, with each page offering a unique glimpse into his work.

Consisting of personal correspondence, numerous early drafts and manuscripts, the archive includes the step-by-step progression of nine screenplays and ten novels, from his first novel 1955’s The Dark Arena, through to 2000’s Omerta (view full list of screenplays and novels).

Highlights include:
• A 744-page working draft manuscript for the Godfather novel, originally titled “Mafia”

• Six large, 22 x 28, storyboards outlining the Godfather novel’s progression

• A 15-page handwritten Godfather novel outline revealing that Johnny Fontane was based on Frank Sinatra

• Puzo’s 1965 Olympia typewriter, almost certainly used to write the Godfather novel

• Countless examples of Puzo’s handwritten amendments to iconic aspects of the Godfather I and II screenplays; along with a couple of Coppola’s annotations

• Insightful typed and handwritten correspondence between Puzo and Coppola regarding all three Godfather films

• Puzo’s copy of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather ‘Bible,’ an enormous, impeccably organized three-ring binder covering virtually every aspect of filming

• Pages upon pages of fully handwritten Godfather I and II scenes and dialogue

• Fantastic material illuminating the progression of Godfather II, from Puzo’s initial draft to the final product, with Coppola’s invaluable input

• A couple of Puzo handwritten instances of “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”

• Work on other important screenplays such as 1974’s Earthquake and 1978’s Superman

• First draft, hand-annotated manuscripts of the author’s books, including early works 1955’s The Dark Arena and his personal pride, 1965’s The Fortunate Pilgrim

Please enjoy the virtual catalog, which tells the story of Puzo’s legendary career, offers a detailed account of this collection’s contents. Interested parties are encouraged to set up an appointment to view the Puzo archive in person at our offices or call us with specific inquiries (603-732-4280). Considering the size and scope of this collection, additional shipping charges will apply; please contact Bobby@RRAuction.com for more details.
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Estimated Price USD 400,000.00 - 0.00
Actual Price USD 625,000.00

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AUCTION DETAILS

Auction House RR Auction
Website http://www.rrauction.com
Auction Name Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/11
Sale Number #470
Auction Date February 18, 2016 - February 18, 2016
Sale Name Fine Autographs and Artifacts - bidstart 2/11
Total Lots 137
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    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
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