The Academy Hands Out a Lawsuit Over Auctioned Oscar Statue

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not about to give away an Oscar statue. The organization is suing over the auction of a 1942 Oscar statue.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services for selling the Oscar on June 24for the price of $79,200.

The statue in question was awarded to the “My Gal Sal” art director Joseph Wright in 1942. Since 1951, the Academy imposed a rule in which winners and their heirs were not allowed to sell the Oscar statues.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is seeking to buy back the Oscar for $10 in accordance with the academy bylaws. Briarbrook has not commented on the suit but has said that the statue in question predated the Academy’s selling rule.

The lawsuit does not detail who acquired the statue at action.

Details and photo courtesy of The Olympian