Oscar Auction Nets $3 Million for Statuettes
The best-screenplay trophy awarded to Herman Mankiewicz for "Citizen Kane" fetched $588,455 in the Los Angeles sale.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifteen Academy Awards statuettes from the 1930s and '40s, including the Best Screenplay Oscar given to Herman Mankiewicz for Citizen Kane, have been sold at a Los Angeles auction.
Auction house Nate D. Sanders said Tuesday that the sales totaled more than $3 million.
Mankiewicz's 1941 award sold for $588,455, more than double its auction price from 1999.
The 1941 Best Picture award, for How Green Was My Valley, went for $274,520. It was last sold in 2004 for $95,600.
A statuette for Cavalcade, 1933's Best Picture, brought in $332,165.
Other Oscars on the block were Ronald Colman's 1947 Best Actor award for A Double Life and Charles Coburn's Best Supporting Actor statuette for The More the Merrier in 1943.