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Lawsuit over Oscar

10 months ago July 02, 2014 Jul 2, 2014 Wednesday, July 02 2014 Wednesday, July 02, 2014 5:57:31 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES- There's a lawsuit over the auction of an Oscar that was auctioned last month that fetched $79,200.

It was awarded in 1942 to the late Joseph Wright for his art direction of the musical film "My Gal Sal" which starred Rita Hayworth.

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences sued Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services claiming the statuette should have been sold the Academy for $10.

The bylaws of the organization say the Academy has first rights to any Oscar offered for sale.

Briarbrook claims the rule does not apply to awards given before 1952 and that it was careful in its research before offering it for sale.

The Oscar belonged to Wright's nephew.

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