Signed ‘Friends’ Cast Script Up For Auction To Support Matthew Perry Foundation

Can this BE any more cool? An incredibly rare “Friends” script autographed by the entire cast will be going up for auction to support the Matthew Perry Foundation. Actor Ollie Locke, who stars in in the reality British television series “Made in Chelsea,” is auctioning the signed script off through Hanson Ross.

Signed "Friends" script
Signed “Friends” script. (credit: Hanson Ross)

Locke acquired the iconic script at an auction shortly before Matthew Perry’s tragic passing in October 2023 at the age of 54. The script, written for one of “Friends'” most famous episodes, “The One Where Rachel Has A Baby,” is a 76-page “table read” script, also known as an organized reading script, which would have been used by the cast members during the first read-through of the scenes. The script is signed by all six main cast members, making it an exceptionally rare and valuable collector’s item.

“Friends,” the immensely popular sitcom that aired from 1994 to 2004, starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Perry. The show’s final episode, which aired on May 6, 2004, was watched by an astonishing 52.5 million viewers, cementing its status as one of the most beloved TV series of all-time.

“Like most people, myself and my husband Gareth are huge Friends and Matthew Perry fans, so it made sense to do something to celebrate his life and honor his commitment to helping people battle addiction,” Locke says in a media release. “I acquired what is a truly iconic script at auction not long before before Matthew tragically died. It was so heartbreaking for us all. I felt he taught me comedy and was the background to my years growing up, and even still now. ‘Friends’ is always on in our home.”

The decision to auction off the script and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Matthew Perry Foundation was driven by Locke’s desire to support a cause that meant a great deal to the late actor. Perry, who openly struggled with addiction throughout his life, once said, “When I die, I want helping others to be be the first thing that’s mentioned. Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it.”

Locke, who has attended events with other “Friends” cast members but never had the opportunity to meet Perry, wants people to come together to bid on the script and support the foundation.

“I hope people will come out in force to bid for the script and help Matthew’s charity,” says Locke. “I hope, together, we can honor a legendary actor by supporting a cause that meant so much to him.”

The “Friends” script, estimated to be worth between $6,000 to $10,000 , will be auctioned off at Hanson Ross in England, on April 12. The same sale will also feature the sonogram of Rachel’s baby used in the same episode, consigned by a seller in Scotland, with an estimated value of $750 to $1,000.

Sonogram of Rachel's baby in "Friends."
Sonogram of Rachel’s baby in “Friends.” (credit: Hanson Ross)

This isn’t the only “Friends” script that has hit Hanson Ross’ auction block. In January, the scripts for “The One With Ross’s Wedding, Part I and Part II” sold for over $31,000.

“It was found in a bin at the London TV studio where the episode was made in 1998. It sparked 219 advance bids from all over the world including the UK, USA, Germany, Spain, Australia, Ukraine, Dubai and Switzerland,” says Amanda Butler, director of operations at Hanson Ross. “We hope Ollie’s script will generate major excitement too, especially as the Matthew Perry Foundation will benefit.”

With “Friends” fever still running high, even 20 years after the final episode aired, the auction is expected to generate significant interest from fans and collectors worldwide, while also supporting a cause that was close to Perry’s heart.

Click here to bid on the script.

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