Golden idol fails to deliver on promise, again

For some reason the LA Times has categorized this story under “Science & Medicine.” Curiouser and curiouser.

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And the Oscar for best Hollywood courtroom drama goes to . . . the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The golden statuette was awarded Monday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which ruled that if Mary Pickford’s heirs want to sell it, they have to offer it to academy officials for $10 instead of auctioning it off for as much as $800,000. Academy leaders took a Rancho Mirage woman, her daughter and a cousin to court after the women announced plans to sell the Oscar presented in 1930 to the silent-movie star known as “America’s sweetheart” and donate the proceeds to charity.


from “Jury bars auction of Mary Pickford’s Oscar,” by Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times, 16 December 2008

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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