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1942 Oscar Auctioned In Rhode Island

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An anonymous buyer pays $79,000 for 1942 Oscar won by Joseph C. Wright for his work on "My Gal Sal."(Getty Images)

An anonymous buyer pays $79,000 for 1942 Oscar won by Joseph C. Wright for his work on “My Gal Sal.”(Getty Images)

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EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — A rare auction of an Oscar statuette has brought a total of $79,200.

Nanci Taylor of Briarbrook Auctions in Rhode Island said Monday that amount includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium for the 1942 Oscar. It was awarded to Joseph C. Wright for color art direction for his work on “My Gal Sal,” starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Taylor declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said “you would recognize the name.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t allow an Oscar statuette to be sold without first offering it back to the academy for $1. But the auction house says that restriction doesn’t apply to awards before 1950.

Wright died in 1985. His nephew inherited the statue, one of two Wright won in 1942.

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