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Lot # 1292 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Marlon Brando Signed Check for $1 Million

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,276.00

Bank check signed by legendary actor Marlon Brando (1924-2004). The check is drawn on the Oklahoma National Bank and made out for the generous amount of $1,000,000 (presumably an offer that could not be refused). It has been signed "Marlon Brando" in blue ink ("9"). The check, which is undated, has not been made out to anyone and bears the account name of a "Wilma Deere." This unusual signed item is accompanied by an amusing story which explains exactly how this unique signed check came to be. When the original recipient, Wilma Deere, ran into Brando on a movie set, she asked for his autograph, but had nothing for him to write on. Improvising, she pulled out her checkbook and handed Brando a blank check. Brando was always a practical joker, and when handed this check, he proceeded to sign it, and also to fill in the rest, creating a very unusual and almost certainly unique signed keepsake. Brando twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The first was in 1954 for his performance in On The Waterfront; the second came in 1972 for his role as Don Corleone in The Godfather. The check (2.75 x 6.25 inches) was previously framed and bears remnants of mounting tape on the reverse. It also displays two light diagonal creases and a minor area of toning below his signature. Very Good to Excellent condition. The check is accompanied by an 8 x 10 color photograph (Ex) of Brando in his role of Don Corleone, which is ideal for display with the check. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00


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