UPDATE 2:25 PM: The total price including the buyer’s premium, was $43,750.
EXCLUSIVE: Dough-Re-Mi: Mary Martin’s 1960 Tony Award for The Sound Of Music sold at auction today for $35,000. It was part of a trove of entertainment-related memorabilia sold by Boston, Massachusetts-based RR Auction.
The medallion is engraved “The American Theatre Wing Presents to Mary Martin This Award for her Performance in ‘The Sound of Music,’ 1959–60.” The front of the medal features the traditional symbolic dramatic masks raised in relief, encircled with the text, “Antoinette Perry Award.”
According to the auction house, Maria’s Tony was acquired from the estate of Martin’s son, the late JR himself, actor Larry Hagman, who died in December. Martin of course played the nun-to-be who was born-to-be Maria von Trapp in The Sound Of Music in the original Broadway production, which opened on November 16, 1959. Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President of RR Auction, told Deadline that the winning bidder “wishes to remain anonymous.”
Martin was long-established as a favorite of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein and composer Richard Rodgers, having played Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (for which she also won the Tony a decade earlier). The Rodgers and Hammerstein smash won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Martin’s award represented her third and final Tony win. Julie Andrews, who had become a Broadway star with My Fair Lady, got the part of Maria in Robert Wise’s 1965 Oscar-winning film.
Martin died a month before her 77th birthday from colorectal cancer on November 3, 1990.