Oscar award trophy auction offers 'more than a dozen statuettes'

It's almost as if they read our minds... Only this morning, we wrote about how rarely pre-1950s Academy Award statuettes rarely appear at auction.

Now it has transpired that more than a dozen Oscar statuettes will be auctioned in Los Angeles two days after this Sunday's 2012 Academy Awards.

 

Orson Welles Oscar

More than a dozen Oscar statuettes
are for sale

It will be the largest collection of Oscar trophies ever sold in one go.

 Perhaps the biggest draw for collectors will be the 'best picture' Oscar awarded to the 1933 Noel Coward-written movie Cavalcade.

The Cavalcade trophy is the earliest 'best picture' Oscar to have ever been offered in an auction.

At present, the world's most valuable Oscar is another 'best picture' trophy for David O Selznick's Gone with the Wind. It was bought for $1.54m by pop star Michael Jackson back in 1999.

Cinematographer Gregg Toland's award for 1939's Wuthering Heights and Herman J Mankiewicz's Oscar for his screenplay to 1941's Citizen Kane will also auction next Tuesday.

The latter is especially exciting considering that the trophy director Orson Welles won for writing Citizen Kane brought $861,542 (£548,254) last December.

The Oscars sale is expected to bring more than $2m (£1.25m) in total.

Although, given the value of the ex-Michael Jackson Gone with the Wind statuette, bids in this remarkable sale could soar even higher.


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