Orson Welles Citizen Kane Oscar up for grabs at Sothebys

December 12th, 2007 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 12(ANI): Director Orson Welles 1941 Oscar for Citizen Kane is all set to go under hammer Sothebys in New York.

The Academy Award for Best Screenplay will be auctioned off along with Welles personal working copy of the script.

Citizen Kane is considered the greatest film of all time and has also been voted as the number one film in history by the American Film Institute in 2007 and by the British Film Institute in 2002.

The Oscar was, once believed to be lost by Welles himself, was found in 1994.

The award was returned to the Orson Welles Estate after a long legal battle.

The award is being auctioned by Dax Foundation, a Los Angeles-based, non-profit, charitable foundation that acquired the award from the Welles Estate in 2003.

A spokesperson from Sotheby said that all the proceeds will help fund the organisations charitable initiatives and worldwide humanitarian efforts.

Leila Dunbar, director of Sothebys collectibles department said that
script was a collaboration of legendary screen writer Herman Mankiewicz and Welles.

The Citizen Kane script is the most important screenplay of all time. The Sun quoted Dunbar, as saying.

It was a collaboration where Herman Mankiewicz set the foundation and Orson Welles added the emotion, depth and power, raising the text to a much higher level.

Mankiewicz gave the story life but Welles made it immortal, she added.

The auction is expected to fetch more than PS500,000. (ANI)

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