Tuesday 20 March 2018

Citizen Kane script at Welles sale

Some of Orson Welles' belongings have gone under the hammer
Some of Orson Welles' belongings have gone under the hammer

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

Sixty-seven lots fetched 180,000 dollars 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, far surpassing the 2,000-dollar pre-sale estimate.

Welles' old Bell and Howell movie camera used to record a bullfight in Spain sold for 37,500 dollars, against a 2,000-dollar estimate.

And a silver-plated cigar ashtray Ernest Hemingway gave Welles fetched 5,000 dollars - six times the expected price.

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

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