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Lot 357: Marlon Brando "Don Corleone" screen-worn assassination overcoat from The Godfather.
December 21, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
357. Marlon Brando “Don Corleone” screen-worn assassination overcoat from The Godfather. (Paramount, 1972) This brown tweed overcoat was worn by Marlon Brando in his Academy Award-winning performance as “Don Vito Corleone” in the dramatic scene when he is ambushed by opposing gang members and gunned down in the streets of New York. Consisting of a brown, heavy wool, single-breasted knee-length topcoat with 3-button front button closure, breast pocket and two hip flap pockets. Originally consigned by Arthur Gerold, owner of the Brooks Van Horn & Son Theatrical Costume Company, which was commissioned to make all the costumes by the film’s designer, Anna Hill Johnstone, this piece has a label in the inner right-breast pocket reading “Made Exclusively by Brooks Van Horn & Son Theatrical Costumes Phila. for Godfather Overcoat Marlon Brando CH 44 Coat Length 20/32/43/63”. Profiles in History previously sold a later stage, squib-torn and bloodied version of this identical jacket in July of 2012 for $96,000. With minor production distress on the back and hem of the garment. In very good condition. One of the most significant wardrobe pieces from modern film to ever reach the market. Provenance: Christie’s East, N.Y., December 5, 2000, lot 140.
$30,000 - $50,000