Fifteen Oscar Statuettes — Many From Hollywood’s Golden Era — Sold at Auction for $3 Million

Feb 29, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"An auction of 15 Oscars from Hollywood’s golden era has produced record-breaking receipts of more than $3 million," reports The Guardian.

Included in the auction was one of the two Oscars won by the classic movie "Citizen Kane," as well as the "Best Picture" Oscar for the movie that beat "Kane" for that award in 1941, "How Green Was My Valley."

According to the story, "The statuettes all dated prior to 1950, the year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced rules intended to prohibit the sale of Oscars. The highlight of the auction was the sale of Herman Mankiewicz’s 1941 best screenplay statuette for ‘Citizen Kane,’ which went for $588,455. Orson Welles’ twin Oscar for the same prize reached $861,542 when it was sold in December; both are considered valuable because they represent the only Academy Awards won by Welles’ film, widely considered one of the greatest of all time."

The statuettes were sold by auctioner Nate B. Sanders. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, here is a full list of Oscar statuettes that Sanders was scheduled to auction off:

1931 Best Director to Norman Taurog for "Skippy"

1933 Best Picture to Frank Lloyd for "Cavalcade"

1937 Scientific Oscar to Farciot Edouart

1938 First Special Effects Oscar to Farciot Edouart for "Spawn of the North"

1939 Cinematography to Gregg Toland for "Wuthering Heights"

1941 Best Screenplay to Herman Mankiewicz for "Citizen Kane"

1941 Best Picture to Darryl F. Zanuck for "How Green Was My Valley"

1942 Special Effects to Farciot Edouart for "Reap the Wild Wind"

1943 Best Supporting Actor to Charles Coburn for "The More the Merrier"

1946 Film Editing to Daniel Mandell for "Best Years of Our Lives"

1946 Best Music to Hugo Friedhofer for "Best Years of Our Lives"

1946 Art Direction to Paul Groesse for "The Yearling"

1946 Cinematography to Leonard Smith, Charles Rosher and Arthur Arling for "The Yearling"

1947 Best Actor to Ronald Colman for "A Double Life"

1949 Art Direction to Paul Groesse for "Little Women"

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