Brando's property at Christie’s in New York

At a press preview of an auction of Brandos personal property

The personal effects of Hollywood legend Marlon Brando will be auctioned on Christie’s New York on June 30. More than 300 lots are expected to bring some $1 million.

The selection features scripts, pictures, clothing, and other materials from Brando’s movies. Also included are old wallets, expired driving licenses, credit cards, a medical alert tag listing his allergy to penicillin, correspondence between Brando and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, director Francis Ford Coppola, writer Jack Kerouac and singer Barbra Streisand. Among the most sought-after lots is a note from «The Godfather» author Mario Puzo appealing to Brando to take the starring role.

Also up for bid are Brando’s garden furniture, books, several wide cotton kimonos, awards he won at summer camp in his youth and four Japanese lacquer boxes filled with jokes and magic tricks, including a fake severed finger.

However, there are people (Brando biographer Peter Manso is among them) that believe the auction to be very insensitive, as the actor did not want his personal possessions to be put up for sale.

Brando won Oscars for his role in «On the Waterfront» in 1954 and his role in «The Godfather» in 1972. His lifestyle intrigued his fans as the actor used to shun mainstream Hollywood and publicity. Marlon Brando died last July in the age of 80.

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