Oscars statuettes from '30s, '40s auctioned in LA

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 29 at 7:06 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifteen Academy Awards statuettes from the 1930s and '40s, including the Best Screenplay Oscar given to Herman Mankiewicz for "Citizen Kane," have been sold at a Los Angeles auction.

Auction house Nate D. Sanders said Tuesday that the sales totaled more than $3 million.

Mankiewicz's 1941 award sold for $588,455, more than double its auction price from 1999.

The 1941 Best Picture award, for "How Green Was My Valley," went for $274,520. It was last sold in 2004 for $95,600.

A statuette for "Cavalcade," 1933's Best Picture, brought in $332,165.

Other Oscars on the block were Ronald Colman's 1947 Best Actor award for "A Double Life" and Charles Coburn's Best Supporting Actor statuette for "The More the Merrier" in 1943.

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