Orson Welles' movie camera consigned by director's daughter

A movie camera used by Orson Welles will be among the highlights of Heritage Auctions' entertainment and music memorabilia sale in New York.

The two-day event will open on April 26 and close on April 27.

Orson Welles camera auction
The camera was used by Welles during the filming of his 1962 documentary 'The Land of Don Quixote'

The Bell & Howell 240 16mm camera was used by Welles during filming for his 1962 documentary, "The Land of Don Quixote".

It was discovered among the director's personal effects by his daughter Beatrice in 2013 and is one of around 70 lots that will be consigned in the sale.

Welles is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, best known for his enduring masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).

He was no stranger to controversy, with his groundbreaking adaptation of The War of the Worlds allegedly convincing many panicked Americans that the world was coming to an end.

The sale will feature two scrapbooks compiled for Welles that relate to the broadcast and its effect on the public.

The broadcast famously ended with an announcement from Welles, who was unaware of the hysteria the show had caused: "This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that 'The War of the Worlds' has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be; The Mercury Theatre's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying 'Boo!"

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