News | February 1, 2023

Gregory Peck’s To Kill a Mockingbird Script Under the Hammer

Heritage Auctions

 Personal book-bound presentation script for To Kill a Mockingbird

The Property from The Estate of Veronique and Gregory Peck auction will feature numerous scripts spanning Peck's film career, awards, landmark costumes, works of art and mementos the couple accrued during their lives. The auction will be presented by Heritage Auctions on February 23.

Among the auction's almost 250 offerings are five-time Academy Award nominee Gregory Peck's 1962 leather-bound, photo-filled To Kill a Mockingbird script, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar, and a 35th anniversary copy of the novel inscribed by its author and the Pecks' friend Harper Lee. Also under the hammer is the embroidered needlepoint Harper Lee gave to Peck on his 71st birthday.

Many of Peck's personalized book-bound screenplays are included here, with Roman HolidayDuel in the SunSpellboundCape Fear and The Omen among the lots.

This event is filled with gifts from presidents, including a Resistol hat presented to Gregory by Lyndon B. Johnson during a 1968 trip to the Johnson ranch and a photo album documenting the visit, presented to the Pecks and signed and inscribed by LBJ.

The couple kept guest books signed by the likes of the Sinatras, Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly, Charlton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, French President Jacques Chirac, Michael Jackson and numerous other icons and legends. Three of those guest books are included in this auction.

Also included are the H. Huntsman & Sons-made attire Peck wore as the titular character in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. The suit was just one of the countless Huntsman custom-made for Peck, who almost exclusively wore the Savile Row clothier's bespoke designs for 50 years.

Following her husband's death Veroniqe took over producing the Gregory Peck Reading Series, during which their famous friends read from good books to raise money for the Los Angeles Public Library.