• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2012

    Pop Culture

    25 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 157

    Marlon Brando
    On the Waterfront, 1954

    Price Realised  


    Marlon Brando
    On the Waterfront, 1954
    A weighty prop metal handgun painted black that Brando used as he portrayed ex-boxer Terry Malloy, the role that won him a Best Actor Academy Award among the many others the film won including Best Picture (Sam Spiegel), Best Director (Elia Kazan), Best Screenplay (Budd Schulberg) and Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint). First seen in the movingly poignant (and famously quotable) "I coulda been a contender" scene in the back of the cab when Charley, as portrayed by Rod Steiger, pulls this gun on Terry, it makes additional appearances. Brando carries it as he's on his way to Johnny Friendly's, the corrupt union boss portrayed by Lee J. Cobb, and then he brandishes it in front of Father Barry, as portrayed by Karl Malden, in Friendly's club. An inventory label from Encore Studios is taped to the base of gun. Accompanied by two stills from the film picturing Brando with an identical gun.
    Please note that most of the original black paint has worn off the surface, giving the gun a vintage patina, and part of the hammer is missing.

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766