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This Day in Georgia History

July 30, 1936

Movie Rights to Gone With the Wind Sold

David O. Selznick paid Margaret Mitchell $50,000 for the motion picture rights to Gone With the Wind. At the time, more than 200,000 copies of the popular novel had been sold, and the $50,000 was the most ever paid for screen rights for an author’s first work.

To view an image from the movie’s premiere in Atlanta, see the DIgital Library of Georgia.