Actress Joan Fontaine’s script from Hitchcock’s Rebecca on the auction block

Headlining the Dec. 15 Bonhams &Butterfields auction of Entertainment Memorabilia is the personally-owned ‘presentation copy’ script from the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock classic film Rebecca given to Academy Award®-winning actress Joan Fontaine by legendary producer David O. Selznick. The script was consigned directly by Ms. Fontaine who has had it in her possession for 68 years, since it was given to her by Selznick following the completion of the film.

Bound in maroon calf and cloth, the cover is embossed “Rebecca / Joan Fontaine” and on the spine “Rebecca” in gold. The inside front end paper boasts a personal inscription from Selznick in black fountain pen ink “For Joan, / This souvenir of a / struggle and a dream. May neither be forgotten / too soon. / Yours with affection – / until the adventure’s sequel, / David” [O. Selznick].  Bonhams & Butterfields expect it will bring $35,000 to $40,000 at the Los Angeles auction.

According to Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams & Butterfields, “We are thrilled that Ms. Fontaine has chosen to consign her script from Rebecca to B&B’s December auction. There will likely be much excitement in the memorabilia collecting community about such a wonderful piece with impeccable provenance.”

In addition to the desirable inscription page that David O. Selznick signed to Ms. Fontaine, the 144-page typed script also contains seven original print sepia photographs of scenes from the completed film bound within.

Entertainment Memorabilia auctions are held at Bonhams & Butterfields on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles twice annually in June and December where a wide variety of important collectibles related to film, television, music and animation art are offered.