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Academy sues US family over Oscar auction

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:43 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing the family of an Oscar-winning US filmmaker for allegedly selling his golden statuette in breach of contract.

The Oscar-awarding Academy says the family of art director Joseph Wright, who won the coveted award for the 1942 film My Gal Sal, auctioned it off for US$79,200 (S$98,785) last month.

Under a contract which all Oscar recipients sign with the Academy, the prestigious body says it has the right of first refusal for the sale of any of its statuettes, at a guaranteed cost of US$10.

“The Academy has never intended that the ‘Oscar’ be treated as an article of trade,” said a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles, and published by the Hollywood Reporter.

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