Huge Collection Of Alan Rickman's Personal Letters Will Be Auctioned Off
The collection, valued at over $1.6 million, features notes from J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe and Prince Charles.
A collection of Alan Rickman's diaries, scripts and personal letters has been valued at over $1.6 million (£950,000) and includes notes from celebrities and royalty, as well as details on some of his most famous roles.
The actor died in 2016 at age 69, yet throughout his life he made sure to keep a huge stack of notes from fans and peers, scripts, and signed memorabilia which is now being archived into a collection by Neil Pearson rare books.
The collection includes Rickman's scripts for Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility and the entire Harry Potter film series.
It also includes several handwritten notes from people like Daniel Radcliffe, Nicole Kidman and one from J.K. Rowling after she had finished "the Snape chapter".
The collection also features notes detailing Rickman's "frustrations" playing Snape. It features two letters from the producer of the Potter franchise, David Heyman, the first from July 2000 which included the Philosopher's Stone script asking him to consider the role of Professor Severus Snape.
The second letter from Heyman was a postcard, which thanks Rickman for "making HP2 a success," also noting, "I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant".
In a page of notes titled "Inside Snape's Head", Rickman had written his issues dealing with director David Yates regarding 2009's The Half-Blood Prince. Writing about his character development, Rickman said, "It is as if David Y. has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal."
The collection also includes another note from Rowling thanking Rickman for "doing justice to my most complex character".
Details of the collection, including a brochure and complete inventory, can be found here.
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