Last Updated on 6/27/2006 by bidz

Collectors Looking for the Right Words

Print and manuscript enthusiasts arriving in Los Angeles for an auction are seeking out items that ‘tell a story,’ which raises their value.

Los Angeles Times
By Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
June 26, 2006

“For 20 years, actor George D. Wallace kept three pieces of paper folded in an envelope tucked inside his desk. He had used the notes for his role as Mack in “Pipe Dream,” a 1955 Broadway musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein based on John Steinbeck’s “Sweet Thursday.”

Over the weekend, those old notes, which were written by Steinbeck and described how Wallace should play the role, were on display with a hefty price tag at the Bonhams & Butterfields auction house in West Hollywood. Estimated value: $8,000 to $12,000.”

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