Academy sues over auctioned Oscar statuette

Global News

LOS ANGELES – The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of My Gal Sal and is seeking to buy back the statuette for $10.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services.

Briarbrook sold the Oscar for $79,200 on June 24. My Gal Sal starred Rita Hayworth, and the art direction award to Joseph Wright was its only Academy Award win.

The academy adopted a rule in 1951 prohibiting winners or their heirs from selling Oscars. It is seeking an order requiring Briarbrook to sell it the Oscar for $10 in accordance with the academy bylaws.

Briarbrook owner Nanci Thompon said she has not seen the suit. But she noted that Wright’s Oscar predated the academy’s sales prohibition and…

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