A couple of auctions of interest are taking place for those fascinated with Hollywood and American history. Here are the details:
~ The Oscar awarded to director Michael Curtiz for on Casablanca in 1943 will be purchased this weekend. Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia of Los Angeles is coordinating the effort; and the statuette is expected to sell for a record $3 million. The current owner is magician David Copperfield, who bought it in 2003 through Christie’s Auction House. At the start of the week, about 20 bidders had already registered their interest in the valued item.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences frowns on the sale of statuettes, but the Board of Governors are helpless to interfere with any sale of Oscars awarded previous to 1950. After that year, winners signed agreements designating the right-of-first-refusal to the governing body, compensating the former owner a sum total of one dollar.
~ Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen is set to auction off his baseball uniform that he wore the day he threw his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. His jersey will be sold through Steiner Sports Memorabilia. The sale will be held over 56 days from October through December to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the only time it was accomplished in a championship Major League game. He’s expected to fetch $1 million, which the auction house feels is a low estimate.
Larsen won the Most Valuable Player Series and the Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason. The 82-year old legend plans to use the proceeds to pay the tuition for his two grandchildren’s college education. He remains a class act!
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