Valuable Gone with the Wind collectibles include autographed Margaret Mitchell first edition books, movie posters, lobby cards, autographs, Walter Plunkett costume sketches and pressbooks.
Gone with the Wind made its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film features a stellar cast headed by Clark Gable (Rhett Butler), Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara), Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes), Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton Wilkes), Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O'Hara), Barbara O'Neil (Ellen O'Hara), Evelyn Keyes (Suellen O'Hara), Ann Rutherford (Careen O'Hara), Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) and Butterfly McQueen (Prissy). Gone with the Wind earned 13 Academy Award nominations, taking home Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Leigh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Howard), Best Supporting Actress (McDaniel), Best Color Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction.
Here are ten valuable Gone with the Wind film collectibles that are sure to excite movie memorabilia buffs. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn...
Gone with the Wind One Sheet Movie Poster
Original 1939 Gone with the Wind promotional material is huge with collectors. A standard 1939 one sheet movie poster style CF (27x41-inches) in fine- condition and preserved on linen sold at auction for $4,929.38.
Gone with the Wind 1939 one sheet poster style CF $4,929.38
Gone with the Wind Roadshow Lobby Card Set
Armando Seguso designed Gone with the Wind's superb roadshow lobby card set. A complete set of eight cards in fine+ condition brought $2,390 at auction.
Gone with the Wind 1939 lobby card set $2,390
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Signed First Edition
Gone with the Wind won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize. A 1936 first edition published by Macmillan and signed by author Margaret Mitchell in very good to fine condition sold at auction for $4,182.50.
Gone With the Wind Half Sheet Movie Poster
A stunning half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) illustrated by fame poster/portrait artist Armando Seguso in fine condition and preserved on linen brought $2,390 at auction.
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind Autographed Photos
Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A lot of three Gone with the Wind 11x14-inch black-and-white stills signed by de Havilland sold at auction for $239.
Olivia de Havilland one of three signed GWTW photos $239
Clark Gable Gone with the Wind Autographed Photo
Clark Gable – a.k.a. the King of Hollywood – will forever be remembered as the charming Rhett Butler, a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. An 8x10-inch black-and-white still picturing Gable as Rhett and inscribed/signed "To Marie Lavoria Kindest Wishes Always Clark Gable" fetched a top bid of $4,481.25 at auction. Ms. Lavoria had acquired the autographed photo through a cameraman friend who had worked on Gone with the Wind.
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler signed photograph $4,481.25
Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind Autographed Photo
Vivien Leigh shot to international stardom playing the manipulative southern belle Scarlett O'Hara. "As God as my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" she thunders in one scene. An 8x10-inch sepia toned GWTW still signed by Leigh as Scarlett sold at auction for $3,506.
Walter Plunkett Gone with the Wind Costume Sketch
Famed costume designer Walter Plunkett worked on Gone with the Wind, executing 377 of the 450 costume sketches used on the production. One of his sketches details the black mourning dress worn by Ellen O'Hara, played by Barbara O'Neil. This 17-22-inch gem brought $11,950 at auction. Plunkett's original sketches were displayed in Atlanta storefronts for the 1939 premiere of Gone with the Wind.
Walter Plunkett Gone with the Wind sketch $11,950
Gone with the Wind Movie Herald
An original four-page 1939 promotional movie herald in very fine condition sold at auction for $131.45.
Gone with the Wind Pressbook
The original 1939 Gone with the Wind pressbook or campaign book was distributed to movie theater owners for promotional purposes. Sample posters, lobby cards and standees are pictured therein along with an intimate look at the film's extensive merchandising campaign, including GWTW candy, scarves, stationary, jewelry and perfume. One GWTW pressbook in fine+ condition sold at auction for $1,912.
Gone with the Wind 1939 pressbook $1,912
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Gone with the Wind 1939 half sheet movie poster $2,390