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Citizen Kane script sold at auction

Published 28/04/2014 | 02:47

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Orson Welles' Citizen Kane script has fetched £9,000 at a New York auction

Scripts for Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' camera and a cigar ashtray were among the late director's belongings sold at a New York auction.

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Sixty-seven lots fetched 180,000 dollars (£107,000) at Heritage Auctions.

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

Two dozen pages of scripts for the 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane went for 15,000 dollars (£9,000), far surpassing the 2,000-dollar (£1,190) pre-sale estimate.

Welles' old Bell & Howell movie camera used to record a bullfight in Spain sold for 37,500 dollars (£22,000), against a 2,000-dollar estimate. And a silver-plated cigar ashtray Ernest Hemingway gave Welles fetched 5,000 dollars (£2,976), six times the expected price.

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

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