December 21st, 2011
01:10 AM ET

Orson Welles' 'Citizen Kane' Oscar brings $861,000

The Oscar given Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane" some 70 years ago sold for $861,542 in an online auction that ended Tuesday, a Los Angeles auction house said.

The best screenplay award for 1941 was the only Academy Award for the legendary writer, director, actor, although he was given an honorary award "for superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures" nearly 30 years later.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions did not identify the winning bidder, but the company did reveal that illusionist David Copperfield was an unsuccessful bidder.

"Orson Welles was not only a magician of the cinema, but also a performing magician himself," Copperfield said, according to a news release from the auction house.
Welles was 25 when he wrote, directed and starred in "Citizen Kane," which the American Film Institute picked in 2007 as the top film of the previous century.

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  1. banasy©

    Huh.
    It was predicted to bring in over a million.
    Great movie, though.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Best movie of all time.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I regret that my serious comment about the inferiority of current films to those of the era of Orson Welles and Toscha Seidel did not make the computer's cut.
    Has the computer started to recognize threats to its purpose?

    December 21, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    gamut

    December 21, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I understand now.
    The computer rejects the word
    G
    A
    M
    U
    T
    as obscene.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No, that wasn't it.
    Oh, well.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    That would be a pretty cool thing to have, but if I had lots of money burning a hole in my pocket I will still rather buy an Enigma machine. Especially the really cool naval model with 4 rotors.

    I don't want to explain it. Look it up.

    December 21, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    BOMBO:
    I looked it up. You want an M4, I think.
    I think I may understand why you'd want it...I'm still working on the motivation...
    Good mind.
    Interesting mind.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    If someone offers a smart phone with an Enigma keyboard, I'll buy it. And so will 10 or 12 other math nerds.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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