Lot #428
Ayn Rand

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Estimate: $500+


TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, January 13, 1950. Letter to Edgar Carter of the H. N. Swanson Agency, in part: "I am enclosing a photostat of my motion picture contract for the rights to Night of January 16th. As you will note the rights were sold to RKO who later sold them to Paramount. Would you look up the radio and television rights clauses and let me know whether we should clear these rights with Paramount now and then proceed to put them on the market. I would like to offer this play for radio or television performances if your office has any avenues of calling attention to it in the radio and television field." In fine condition.

Paramount had released a screen adaptation of Rand's play in 1941, starring Robert Preston and Ellen Drew; Rand did not participate in the production, and called it a 'cheap, trashy vulgarity.' Television and radio rights were evidently reclaimed, as several TV versions were made throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #604 - Ended March 10, 2021

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