Mary Martin's Sound of Music Tony Award Sells for $35K

News   Mary Martin's Sound of Music Tony Award Sells for $35K
The Tony Award medallion that Mary Martin earned for her portrayal of Maria von Trapp in the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music was sold at auction March 19 for $35,000, according to

The medal, which is not mounted like the modern award theatre folk win, measures 2.75" in diameter. According to RR Auction, which sold the Tony Award, it is engraved with the following inscription: "The American Theatre Wing Presents to Mary Martin This Award for her Performance in 'The Sound of Music,' 1959–60."

The medallion is encased in a 6x6 cloth-lined display, which the auction house said is believed to be original to Martin. In her third and final Tony Award win, Martin beat out both fellow Broadway legend Ethel Merman, who was nominated for her performance as Madame Rose in Gypsy, and Carol Burnett, nominated for her performance as Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, among others.

Martin's Tony Award was sold as part of a parcel of entertainment memorabilia that belonged to her late son, actor Larry Hagman. View the original bid listing here.

Martin, who died in 1990 at the age of 77, also won Tony Awards for her work in Peter Pan and South Pacific. She was also the recipient of a Special Award in 1948.
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