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- May 09, 2005
- Vol. 63
- No. 18
Call It the Godfather's Garage Sale: A June Auction at Christie's Will Offer Up Stuff from the Actor's Estate. You Gonna Make An Offer They Can't Refuse?
A pair from the 1960s, when the actor was in fighting trim. Years earlier he famously broke his nose boxing backstage between acts of A Streetcar Named Desire, then went back onstage dripping blood. A doctor offered to reset the nose, but Brando decided he liked it better broken. Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500.
Can you imagine the Godfather twiddling the knobs? For some reason, this had a prominent place in the den of his Mulholland Drive home. Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500.
Brando had the beat! One of six that belonged to the actor (right, in the early '60s), who loved drumming and Latin music. (He even patented his own conga design.) Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500.
A gift from pal Michael Jackson (Brando made an oddball appearance at Jackson's 2001 King of Pop tribute concert). By western sculptor James Earle Fraser, it's called The End of the Trail. Estimate: $800 to $1,200.
FROM HIS WALLET
Christie's is auctioning off a 1992 driver's license (estimate: $300 to $500) as well as a Price Club card (estimate: $300 to $500) that specialist Helen Bailey believes the actor used to stock up on purchases for his tropical island Tetiaroa.
The actor wore it at a 1974 benefit for the Native American cause so dear to his heart. "It was kept in a shrinelike area of his bedroom," says Bailey. Estimate: $400 to $600.
From Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970s—drawn by his daughter, future Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola. The lot also includes two letters from Coppola. Estimate: $500 to $700.
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