Normally, your only chance to nab an Oscar is by becoming one of the most talented filmmakers or actors of your generation, make or star in an incredible movie, and securing a majority of votes from the Academy. For those of us who don't have that kind of time or talent, however, a rare opportunity to buy an Oscar statuette has just appeared in Los Angeles: Auction house Profiles in History has announced many Oscars from Hollywood's golden age will be up for bid starting on December 11.
The first Oscar is a best-picture statuette originally awarded to Mutiny on the Bounty way back in 1936. The Academy Awards had been running for under a decade at that point, and the award was given by Frank Capra to winner Irving Thalberg at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. It's expected to sell for somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000. The award is being sold by the Thalberg family.
An Oscar awarded to Mutiny On The Bounty in 1936 and another given to Gentleman's Agreement in 1948 will go up for… https://t.co/80tij45HL4— Zora Suleman (@Zora Suleman)1542633950.0
The other statuette is also a Best Ppicture Oscar, this one for 1947's Gentleman's Agreement starring Gregory Peck. The seller wishes to remain anonymous but expects the award to make between $150,000 to $200,000.
Ok so the Mutiny on the Bounty and A Gentleman's Agreement Best Picture #Oscars are going for auction. Which of the… https://t.co/J8CwmOfjBa— J Don Birnam (@J Don Birnam)1542657858.0
Also, shameless plug, but we talked about Gentleman's Agreement on the People vs Oscar. It's a really wonderful fil… https://t.co/dmSdnW3y0Y— Chris James (@Chris James)1513185623.0
Other awards up for auction include Hans Dreier's art-direction Oscar for Sunset Boulevard (1950) as well as Gloria Swanson's Golden Globe for best actress in a drama.
We will have a number of awards at our Hollywood Auction December 11-14, including #oscars #goldenglobes and #emmys… https://t.co/TeoLWlvEaA— Profiles In History (@Profiles In History)1542047691.0
The Academy firmly believes that "Oscars should be won, not sold." To enforce this belief, beginning in 1951, Oscar winners signed contracts stipulating that before they could sell an Oscar statuette, they must offer it back to the Academy for $1. Occasionally, however, Oscars awarded prior to this rule will sell for huge amounts of money. Pop superstar Michael Jackson acquired David O. Selznick's Gone With the Wind Oscar "for a record $1.5 million."
@thrstyle if you refuse to agree do they strip you of your award or just not give you the statue? has anyone ever refused?— mxyplyzyk (@mxyplyzyk)1542727638.0
Similarly, in 2011, the Citizen Kane statuette awarded to Orson Welles was later sold for $861,542.
Citizen Kane Oscar sold for $861k. Bargain. Would have gone to 950. Love a bit of Orson.— Brent Kennedy (@Brent Kennedy)1324462262.0
Twitter isn't so sure the high price tag would be worth it:
@StarTribune What good are they if they weren't earned? A duplicate would be cheaper!— Mister G (@Mister G)1542642645.0
@ABC @NewsRadio930 Wouldn’t it be great if that money could go to a worthy cause? This ain’t it.— Buffalo Blondie (@Buffalo Blondie)1542661620.0
@ABC I think every picture should get an Oscar. But I do like the idea of a raffle.— Roland Jenkins (@Roland Jenkins)1542659825.0
Most of us will never win an Oscar, but if you've made enough money, you may still be able to display one on your mantle. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!
@ABC On the other hand, the @goldenglobes are up for sale EVERY year....— Brewer Crain (@Brewer Crain)1542660988.0