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Gregory Peck’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ screenplay sold for $84,000


The script used by 20th century superstar Gregory Peck for his Oscar-winning performance in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ has sold for $84,375 at auction.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold the 1962 leather-bound copy that belonged to the late actor Thursday as part of a larger auction of personal property from the estate of Peck and his wife, Veronique.

“It took a few minutes” to sell, said Robert Wilonsky, director of communications for Heritage Auctions. “There was a pretty significant bid for it.”

Peck played lawyer Atticus Finch in the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1962. Nominated for five Academy Awards, it was the prolific actor’s only win despite being one of the top stars his day

“I watched it in grade school like five times,” Wilonsky said of “Mockingbird” on film. “So every kid in America knows Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.”


Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1963 for his portrayal of Atticus Finch.
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Although he could not reveal the name of the auction winner, he said the participants were “real collectors and Hollywood lovers”.

Before the auction, Wilonsky spoke with Peck’s son Anthony, who talked about his father’s connection to the beloved fictional character.

“As his son told me about a month ago, ‘Gregory Peck was Atticus Finch in real life in so many ways,'” he said. “So we identified with him as an audience, but his family also thought of him the same way. He was this honest guy.”


To Kill a Mockingbird book with inscription by Harper Lee
A signed copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” given by author Harper Lee to Gregory and Veronique Peck, was also sold during the auction.
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Peck died in 2003. Veronique lived until 2012.

The unique script concludes with photos of Peck on the “Mockingbird” set.

“It’s a really personal, wonderful, tender memento from a really iconic role,” Wilonsky said.

The auction, which included 246 lots, lasted more than six hours.

Other pieces included a signed copy of the book Lee gave to Peck and his wife Veronique, a journalist and philanthropist he married in 1955, which sold for $35,000.

The inscription reads: “To Gregory and Veronica: You have a unique place in my heart. Harper.”