From the Las Vegas Sun: Last summer, Diane Hutton was offered $500 by the fellows on the cable TV show “Pawn Stars” for a leather-bound copy of the screenplay for the blockbuster 1972 movie “The Godfather.” She thought she could do better, and turned them down.
Thanks in part to the resulting publicity from Hutton’s TV appearance, bidding on the screenplay, signed by the producer, is now up to $7,500. And it may fetch even more money for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, where Hutton works, by the time the gavel drops Thursday during the organization’s Heart of Hope Award luncheon at the Mirage.
Today is the last day to buy tickets for the event, but if you want to make a bid for the screenplay, no worries: it can be done online until 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The auction website posts the latest bids....
The inscription read, “Bob — It cost me a lot ... but there’s one thing that I got ... ulcers — Thanks — Al.”
Because Al Pacino starred in the movie, it was thought it was his signature. To authenticate it, Hutton took the screenplay to Gold & Silver Pawn, where “Pawn Stars” is filmed http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars for the History Channel.
The show brought in a signature authenticator, who said it was Pacino’s. But later, after news of the screenplay circulated, Al Ruddy, the movie’s producer, contacted Catholic Charities and said he wrote the note. And that made sense; Ruddy was the one spending the money and getting the ulcers.
(The signature authenticator apologized to Catholic Charities for the bad call and donated $1,000 to the organization.)
For more information on the story: http://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2011/07/pawn-stars-review-7182011.html and
So good luck to Catholic Charities in the auction and hope they get a lot of money.