Gregory Peck’s leather-bound copy of the To Kill a Mockingbird screenplay will quickly hit the public sale block.
That wildly important Hollywood artifact is considered one of 250 objects from Peck’s private assortment — together with objects belonging to his late philanthropist spouse, Veronique — that can go to the best bidders on Feb. 23 as a part of the Property from The Property of Veronique and Gregory Peck occasion, hosted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
Peck’s efficiency in Mockingbird, a landmark 1962 civil rights drama primarily based on the best-selling 1960 novel by Harper Lee, earned Peck the Academy Award for finest actor in a number one position — his solely aggressive Oscar win out of 5 nominations all through his profession.
Different objects up on the market embody a replica of the Mockingbird supply materials inscribed by Lee; copies of Peck’s scripts for traditional movies just like the 1945 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Spellbound, 1953’s romantic comedy Roman Vacation and the 1976 supernatural horror movie The Omen; and two Golden Globe Awards, one for “World Movie Favourite of 1954,” the opposite for Peck’s efficiency in a 1998 TV adaptation of Moby Dick.
Additionally obtainable is a silver field gifted to the Pecks on the event of their twenty fifth marriage ceremony anniversary and inscribed with the names of a few of their closest mates — Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Billy Wilder, Cary Grant and Walter Matthau, amongst them.
The To Kill a Mockingbird script is estimated at $8,000-$10,000. The Golden Globe for “World Movie Favourite of 1954” is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. And a poker desk gifted to the Pecks by Sinatra is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
However for Hollywood memorabilia collectors, this desk, which hosted many a celeb recreation, is anticipated to be one of many public sale’s high sellers.
The Pecks met in 1952 when Veronique interviewed the star for France Soir newspaper. They reconnected throughout a break in filming Roman Vacation, married New Yr’s Eve 1955 and have been not often aside till Peck’s dying at 87 in 2003. Veronique died at 80 in 2012.
Peck had three sons along with his first spouse, Finnish realtor Greta Kukkonen (they have been married from 1942 to 1955). He then had a son, Anthony Peck, an actor, and a daughter, filmmaker Cecilia Peck, with Veronique. (His eldest son, Jonathan, died by suicide at 30 in 1975.)
Anthony and Cecilia introduced the fabric and consigned it to Heritage.
“All the things on this public sale was chosen within the curiosity of supporting our father’s legacy and displaying the type of man he was,” says Anthony in a press release.
“He was so true to himself,” he continues. “He didn’t take a single job for the cash. He did what he wished to do and what him. Truthfully, that was serving to others.”