Recovered from the trash: original Friends series scripts sold at auction

Original texts used on the set of the American series. Friendsthat were to be destroyed after filming a season finale in London, will be sold at auction after an employee removed them from the trash in 1998.

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“The cast and crew were apparently ordered to destroy their copies so the ending wouldn’t be leaked. However, these two slipped through the net,” Amanda Butler, head of operations at British auction house Hanson Ross, said in a statement Monday.

It was through a series of coincidences that two copies of the final episodes of season 4, “The One with Ross’s Wedding,” part 1 and part 2, narrowly avoided the trash in 1998, despite orders to destroy copies of the scripts to prevent the ending from occurring. leaking, the auction house reported.

In fact, a few weeks after filming the final in London, an employee at Fountain Studios in Wembley, in the United Kingdom, found the two copies in a trash can.

“I didn’t really know what to do with them, so I left them in my desk drawer. I remember wondering which cast member they could belong to,” the employee, now 60, said on condition of anonymity.

Except that when he left his job the following year, the man reportedly took the entire contents of his drawer, finding the scripts only a few months later at home. He finally placed them on a nightstand, where they would have spent the last 25 years.

“I could have thrown them away very easily. I recently cleared out my house before moving and found them. “I was visiting relatives in Hertfordshire and decided to take them to Hanson Ross to be assessed,” continued this man who is far from being an admirer of American humor.

Although the auction house does not yet know how much the scripts will sell for, they are currently valued between £600 and £800, or between $1,020 and $1,360 Canadian.

“But with the show’s enormous global appeal, who knows where the hammer will fall,” Amanda Butler said. The last Friends show aired 20 years ago, in 2004, but millions of people still watch and enjoy it.

In 2004, more than 52.5 million Americans watched the series finale when it aired.

The auction will take place on January 12.

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