JAWS Movie Scrapbook Hidden Away for 40 Years to Be Sold at Auction Arguably the most significant piece of Jaws history to hit the market since the blockbuster movie’s release is set to be sold to the highest bidder in Florida
Blackwell Auctions LLC of Clearwater, Fla., will auction off the personal Jaws movie scrapbook of actor Alfred Wilde, who played Harry Wiseman (“Bad Hat Harry”) in both Jaws and Jaws 2, on Saturday, March 18, 2017. This never-before-offered collection includes nearly three dozen pages of photographs and autographs — including personal inscriptions by Steven Spielberg, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw (and signatures of nearly the entire cast and crew), as well as Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws. Also included are an original shooting call page, original script pages, tickets from the premiere showing in Martha’s Vineyard (where the movie was shot) and more. Not one of 100 or so original candid photos has ever been published.
Click here to view Google Photos album of the entire scrapbook
Of the many noteworthy aspects of this collection, a couple stand out:
1) Steven Spielberg wrote a complimentary inscription to Wilde, signed it “Steve Spielberg” and, under his name, in parentheses, wrote “Director of JAWS.”
“It’s like looking at Steven Spielberg’s rookie card,” said auctioneer Edwin Bailey, one of Blackwell’s owners. “He identified himself as the director because back then, darn near nobody would have had a clue who ‘Steve Spielberg’ was.”
2) Unlike many movie memorabilia items or collections, which may change hands many times within years (or months) of a major movie’s release, this collection has never been offered for sale in all the years since the movie was released in 1975, and it has never been on public display.
“Honestly, this is a hard item to offer up,” Bailey said. “It’s such a significant piece of movie history, and it will be tough to see it go, no matter what it brings. But this is an auction gallery, not a museum.”
Blackwell Auctions LLC offers live, telephone and absentee bidding, as well as real-time online bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com web platforms.
The catalog for this auction will be available on or about March 2 via BlackwellAuctions.com.
For more information, please call or text Edwin Bailey, Owner, Blackwell Auctions, at (727) 644-0457. Email: email@example.com.
i.) Director and producer Bryan Singer (X-Men franchise, Usual Suspects, House M.D.) named his production company “Bad Hat Harry Productions” after the character portrayed by Wilde. Here’s an original clip from Jaws:
… and here’s how Singer honored it (this clip is how every episode of House M.D. closed):
ii.) Perhaps the foremost authority on Jaws memorabilia anywhere is Jim Beller (he’s on Facebook or reachable through his website: www.jawscollector.com). He has seen the scrapbook pages online and can explain in detail the significance of the collection.
SOURCE Blackwell Auctions LLC