The Oscar trophy Joan Crawford won for best actress — her only Academy Award — was sold Tuesday at auction, bringing $426,732 in the sale by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, TheWrap.com reports.
Crawford received the Oscar for her performance in the 1945 Warner Bros. film "Mildred Pierce."
Crawford was nominated three times for Oscars, but “Mildred Pierce” was her only win. She was later nominated for her lead performances in the 1947 film “Possessed” and the 1952 feature “Sudden Fear.”
Commenting on “Mildred Pierce,” the report notes: “The film marked a career comeback for Crawford, who was reeling from a string of bombs that had earned her the dreaded sobriquet ‘box office poison.’ However, Crawford did not believe she would win the Oscar, thinking instead that the award was Ingrid Bergman’s to lose for her performance as a singing nun in ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s.’
“Not wishing to be embarrassed, legend has it that Crawford feigned illness and skipped the broadcast. When news reached her of her victory, she invited reporters into her home where she was photographed accepting the golden guy in bed.”