D.W. Griffith Signed Contract for The Birth ...
Auction Preview: Preview items may not have yet been properly described or vetted, and items are posted as soon as they have a description or a picture. We are continuing to add and correct information as we approach the auction posting date, so check back here often and Contact us with any comments or suggestions.
DescriptionD.W. Griffith Signed Contract for The Birth of a Nation (aka "The Clansman") (D.W.Griffith Corp., 1915). Vintage original 3-page typed contract on gray punched paper, top bound and bradded with blue paper back wrapper tipped to 14.75" x 19.5" foam core backing board with cut-out mat frame. This exceptionally rare document details producer agreement, investments, returns and royalties for the controversial landmark film, reading in part: "I hereby subscribe the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars to be paid to you on demand, and for which note is given this day, for the purpose of assisting in the production of a motion picture negative named ‘The Clansman," upon the following terms and conditions..." and information on estimated production budget including, "It is
understood and agreed that it will require approximately Sixty Thousand ($60,000) Dollars to produce the said negative, and that H.E. Aitken of New York City, New York, will invest Forty Thousand ($40,000) Dollars of that amount, and that other investors, including the undersigned, will invest the remaining Twenty Thousand ($20,000) Dollars, estimated to be required for the above purpose..."
Regardless of subject matter, D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation remains the legendary filmmaker's magnum opus and a vitally seminal cinematic work, which violently transformed the fledgling entertainment curiosity known as moving pictures into a true art form. With notes handwritten in pencil at top, and signed by 2-witnesses, as well as Griffith on the third page. Dated August 3rd, 1914. Exhibiting production wear, original transmittal folds, and minor edge wear. In vintage Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.
Signature®: Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through www.HA.com/Live. Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing Bid@HA.com or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)
Signature® Floor Sessions
Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 7 days before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.