Classic Twilight Zone scripts from Richard Matheson hitting auction block

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Jun 20, 2017

A few pieces of sci-fi history can soon be yours for the right price.

The Profiles in History auction house is putting an archive of Twilight Zone-related materials from the late, legendary author Richard Matheson on the block this month.

In addition to being one of the giants of sci-fi and horror literature with books like I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man, Matheson was an accomplished writer for film and TV as well. Among his achievements in that field were some of the most memorable episodes of the original Twilight Zone (1959-1964) ever produced, and now his archival materials for five of those segments are going up for auction.

First up is Matheson's hand-annotated, typed short story, scripts and materials archive for "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," the iconic episode in which a mentally unbalanced William Shatner spies a creature on the wing of his airplane. The lot is estimated to sell for $6,000 - $8,000.



Next is Matheson's original outline and hand-annotated typed script for another Shatner classic, "Nick of Time," in which a newlywed couple is paralyzed by fear when a coin-operated fortune telling machine in a small town diner begins to predict actual events. Those documents are estimated to sell for $3,000 - $4,000.

The next three lots are all expected to go for $4,000 - $6,000 and include the hand-typed script and other materials for the episode "Little Girl Lost" (a little girl falls through a rift in her bedroom into another dimension), the first draft, shooting script and archival materials for "The Invaders" (a mute, lonely woman battles tiny intruders from space), and the original hand-typed short story, script and materials for "Steel" (robots get into the ring in a future where human boxing is outlawed). That short story also inspired the 2011 movie Real Steel.


All five troves of Matheson materials will be on the block during the three-day Hollywood Auction 89 event, set to take place on June 26, 27 and 28 in Los Angeles. Go here for more info if you're just curious or if you have a few large lying around and want to own a glimpse of the imagination of one of the genre's greatest writers...

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