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Original 'War of the Worlds' script draft to be auctioned

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Fans of Orson Welles' famous "War of the Worlds" broadcast can now snatch up a piece of radio history.

An original, typewritten draft of the broadcast is slated to be auctioned on Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, starting at $20,000.


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The 17-page script is a draft of the final piece and contains several misspellings, corrections and incomplete sentences, according to auctioneers. The item was initially purchased from radio pioneer James Jewell's estate.

Welles' radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" on Oct. 30, 1938 gained notoriety because the realistic narrative duped many listeners, giving them the impression that an alien invasions was actually occurring.