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Brando possessions up for auction
Some of Marlon Brando's personal items
Marlon Brando's possessions are expected to fetch more than $1m
More than 250 personal items belonging to late actor Marlon Brando are to be auctioned in New York on 30 June.

The collection includes an annotated Godfather script and a letter from author Mario Puzo saying he was "the only actor" who could play the lead.

Also featured is the Bafta award he won for Julius Caesar in 1954 and a letter from Martin Luther King urging him to take part in a civil rights march.

Auction house Christie's expects the sale to make more than $1m (523,000).

"Brando was an extremely private and elusive individual," it said.

Mario Puzo's letter to Marlon Brando
Godfather author Mario Puzo's letter could fetch up to $1,200 (627)
"The sale offers an intimate insight into the lifestyle and career of a famed screen colossus."

Other lots include Brando's 1954 Oscar nomination certificate for On the Waterfront, the black velvet tunic he wore as Jor-El in Superman and Native American artefacts given to him by actor Val Kilmer.

Boxing gloves, school year books, summer camp medals and the actor's foosball table are among the more personal items up for grabs.

The collection will be open to the public from 7 to 10 June at Christie's in Los Angeles and from 24 to 29 June at Christie's in New York.

Brando, one of the foremost actors of his generation, died in July 2004 from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 80 years old.

Christie's added that the actor's "meticulously retained memorabilia" would "help unravel the methods of his iconic and legendary characterisations".

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