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Orson Welles NY auction includes movie script

April 27, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Orson Welles' camera, a cigar ashtray and scripts for "Citizen Kane" were among the late director's belongings sold at a New York auction.

Sixty-seven lots fetched a total of $180,000 at Heritage Auctions on Saturday, including the buyer's premium.

Margaret Barrett, Heritage's director of entertainment-linked auctions, called the items "a piece of cinema royalty."

Two dozen pages of script for the 1941 masterpiece "Citizen Kane" went for $15,000, far surpassing the $2,000 presale estimate.

Welles' old Bell & Howell movie camera used to record a bullfight in Spain sold for $37,500, against a $2,000 estimate.

And a silver-plated cigar ashtray Ernest Hemingway gave Welles fetched $5,000 — six times the expected price.

Also on the block were other memorabilia the director's daughter, Beatrice Welles, kept for decades in Sedona, Arizona.

 
 

 

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