“The Godfather” Screenplay Auctions For $12,000

Awhile ago, a lady from the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada brought in a leather-bound, studio copy of the screenplay for the blockbuster movie “The Godfather” to the pawn shop featured on the show, Pawn Stars. This lady was offered $500, and she declined.

It looks like she had the right idea, because it went to auction and brought in $12,000 last week.

The story gets more interesting though. Within the screenplay, there was an inscription that read “Bob — It cost me a lot … but there’s one thing that I got … ulcers — Thanks — Al.”

It was assumed that “Al” was Al Pacino, but in fact was an inscription by the producer Al Ruddy. Ruddy saw this episode of Pawn Stars, and decided he wanted to help the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada charity. He ended up donating some additional Hollywood memorabilia, as well as photographs from the movie set of “The Godfather.” On top of that, Ruddy went the extra mile and videotaped a little video for the eventual owner of the screenplay, congratulating them. Ruddy believed that the additional goodies would help the value of the screenplay, and he wanted the charity to be able to make the most that they could at auction.

When it came time for the auction, Ruddy’s wife ended up purchasing the screenplay to surprise her husband. Ruddy was flabbergasted the morning she set it down on the table beside his omelette.

Here’s his wife’s explanation as to why she made the purchase: “I have a very creative and talented husband who has managed to win two Oscars (best-picture awards for “The Godfather” in 1972 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004), and I like to have things in twos to make our two children happy. So I wanted a second studio copy of the ‘Godfather’ screenplay.”


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