A typed letter signed by Marlon Brando written on his personal letterhead. Dated February 2, 1993. The letter is to [President] Robert Rehme of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, regarding a letter written by Brando for a tribute to Karl Malden, which Brando refused to attend.

The letter reads in full: 

Enclosed is a copy of a letter of a highly personal nature that I have written to Karl Malden. If he feels that it is fit and proper to have this statement read on tomorrow’s occasion, the decision to have it read will be upon him. The letter is self-explanatory. I hope that you will not be bitter or resentful of my unwillingness to participate in these matters. I do hope that you understand.

The reclusive Brando sent this letter of tribute for his life-long friend Karl Malden.

In fine condition, with paper loss to top left corner and a couple wrinkles.

While he was still alive, Brando was considered to be “the hardest living autograph to obtain”.  His autograph is exceedingly scarce, and this is an amazing association refusing to attend the Oscars.

The unframed letter measures 8.5″ x 11″ (one page).   The framed piece measures 20.25″ x 16.25″.  Museum-caliber frame included in price.

Sold with a full page Letter of Authenticity independent third-party authenticator PSA/DNA.

Robert Rehme  is an American film producer whose credits include the films Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The General’s Daughter. His first major job involving motion pictures was president of Avco Embassy Pictures.

Rehme served as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences twice, between 1992–1993 and 1997–2001.

Karl Malden worked on a number of movies with Brando and was one of his closer friends.

The photo depicts Brando and Malden clowning around on the set of their film “One-Eyed Jacks”.