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Check book 'em Danno! ‘Hawaii Five-O’ archive sells for more than $9,000

The collection includes a badge and a pilot script from the 1960s CBS hit.
Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.
Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.(Image: RR Auction)
Published: Sep. 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A rare “Hawaii Five-0” archive, including Jack Lord’s badge and pilot script, sold for $9,375 this week, according to Boston-based RR Auction.

Collection includes three of Jack Lord (two inscribed), one of Zulu, one of James MacArthur,...
Collection includes three of Jack Lord (two inscribed), one of Zulu, one of James MacArthur, and one of Kam Fong.(Image: RR Auction)

The “State of Hawaii, Investigator, Five-0 Unit” badge is displayed with a typed letter from Lord on CBS Television Network letterhead.

Lord donated the badge to a charity auction in 1972.

In part, the letter reads:

“I am sending you my very own McGarrett badge for your auction because I believe in your cause. The Chief of Police from Singapore was through Honolulu recently and requested one of these badges. We considered his request but decided that if we gave him one, we would set a dangerous precedent. So you see they are extremely rare. Other than two that were donated to the American Cancer Society fund raising and one or two other worthy causes, no one has ever received them from us, here or on the mainland.”

According to the auction house, there are only five of these badges known to exist.

The collection also includes Jack Lord’s 102-page script for the pilot of “Hawaii Five-0” by Leonard Freeman, entitled “Five-0."

It’s signed on the cover in thick black felt tip, “Jack Lord.”

The episode, released under the title ‘Cocoon,’ was the first of 279 episodes to air during the show’s 12-season run.

The script has many colored revision pages, and includes a "'Five-0′ Pilot Production Crew List.”

The archive also had five 8-by-10 signed photographs of Lord and other cast members.

“It’s a remarkable assemblage from one of the classic television shows of the 1960s-70s, which has experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to its current CBS reboot,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction.

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