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What is the value of a script?

Hello, I have an original script and I want to know if someone can give me an idea on its value. The episode is "A Case of Immunity". S5 E2 dated 2/14/75. I really appreciate your expert help! Sincerely, Adam

Re: What is the value of a script?

I cannot give you an expert opinion, but currently there are several Columbo scripts on Ebay going between about $8.00 and $20.00 -- and that is with the signatures of Peter Falk, and sometimes co-stars. One seller is asking for $70.00. I assume some are more rare than others, but to be honest I think they are something people collect more for fun and interest than as an investment. I have about a dozen, signed, including some that were unproduced episodes or "original" drafts, and I like having them (some are interesting because the character names and plot twists differ from the final episode), but would not think they are valuable as manuscripts.

Re: What is the value of a script?

Talking of scripts on eBay, do you think this is real?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Columbo-Signed-TV-Script-X6-Murder-By-Book-Peter-Falk-Steven-Spielberg-Milner-rp/264092748495?hash=item3d7d278acf:g:VckAAOSw7XZXhdwo:rk:1:pf:0

Even if they say it's a colour copy of the script (not an original one), the photograph is clearly anachronistic for a 1971 episode, so I wonder whether the rest, autographs and all, has also been altered. And what about the F in Peter's signature? Is he known to have used that type of F in a certain period of his life? I've seldom seen it, and I don't think I've ever seen in on an early photo. A quick Google search yields this:

https://auctionimages.s3.amazonaws.com/79475/128340/120904425.jpg