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Heritage to Auction Treasures from the Stanley Kramer Estate

Dallas, TX – In their upcoming Music and Entertainment Signature auction, to be held April 5, 2008 in Dallas, Texas, Heritage Auction Galleries will offer personal memorabilia, awards, documents, and more from the estate of movie icon Stanley Kramer, Hollywood’s first independent director and producer whose socially charged filmmaking moved generations. As Al Gore noted, Kramer “brought powerful social issues to the screen that touched our sense of moral responsibility,” winning an NAACP Vanguard Award and an Irving G. Thalberg in the process. His cinematic credits read like an Academy Award chronology; from the masterpiece Judgment at Nuremberg, to his provocative cultural examination Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, to the hilarious It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, cinema would never be the same after Stanley Kramer.

“This fascinating collection includes Kramer’s Thalberg and NAACP awards, signed and annotated scripts, and personal gifts from Spencer Tracy and John Wayne,” said Doug Norwine, Director of Music and Entertainment Auctions for Heritage.

“It has been a great honor to work with Kramer’s wife, Karen Sharpe Kramer, in bringing these extraordinary items to collectors,” said Norwine, “and to pay homage to a man who sought so consistently to inspire, explore, and challenge. Stanley Kramer was a truly courageous filmmaker, and this material will certainly prove highly desirable to his many fans worldwide.”
Highlights include

Stanley Kramer’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: ESTIMATE: $60,000 & up
Stanley Kramer’s NAACP Vanguard Award: ESTIMATE: $1,800 & up
Stanley Kramer Signed Movie Scripts, Set of Four: ESTIMATE: $500 & up
Ship of Fools Handmade Gift Given to Stanley Kramer by Spencer Tracy: ESTIMATE: $1,000 & up
Coffee Cup Given to Karen Kramer from John Wayne: ESTIMATE: $800 & up

More information about this auction, along with enlargeable, full-color images of each lot and complete catalog descriptions, can be found at where bids can also be placed online. For additional information, or to consign material to a future auction, please contact Doug Norwine at 1-800-8782-6467, ext. 1452, or email [email protected].

Prospective consignors and sellers of Entertainment, Celebrity or Hollywood memorabilia are invited to and click on the “Sell Now” tab. Or simply email Doug Norwine at [email protected].

To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Client Services at 1-800-872-6467, extension 1150, or visit to order by email.