The Associated Press has reported that a 20-page autographed manuscript of Bernard Herrmann’s classic 1960 score to Psycho is to be auctioned off through Bonhams in London. The manuscript is from the film’s famous shower scene. Also up for auction are Herrmann’s Oscar nomination certificates for Taxi Driver and Obsession.
The items were sanctioned for sale by Herrmann’s third wife, Norma, and the manuscript is expected to sell for up to $56,000. This is a film score fan’s wet dream…at least one with disposable income.
UPDATE: Apparently bidders agreed with Jack Nicholson’s Mevil Udall from 1997’s AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Herrmann’s 20-page autographed score from PSYCHO failed to sell for the expected price of 40,000 pounds ($56,000 in U.S. dollars). The score is being returned to Norma.