There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Opening Bid :
Current Bid:
Reserve Amount:

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) Buyer's Premium).


Notice: You are the current high bidder on this lot, but the next highest bid is within one increment. That means that any additional bids on this lot will outbid you. To increase your chances of winning, enter your highest maximum bid.

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) Buyer's Premium).

You are the current high bidder on this lot.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% has been outbid.

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% does not meet the reserve.

(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid does not meet the reserve.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Lot
46076

Yankee Doodle Dandy Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (1942), Awarded to Nathan Levinson, One of the Few Availabl...

2011 July Dallas Signature Music & Entertainment Auction #7038

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Jul 29, 2011
Item Activity: 11 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
4,805 page views
Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Description:
Yankee Doodle Dandy Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (1942), Awarded to Nathan Levinson, One of the Few Available to be Resold. One of the most recognizable of Hollywood icons, these statuettes have been coveted and pursued by writers, directors, actors, producers, and technicians as a symbol of the ultimate achievement in their field. Approximately 50 awards are hand-crafted each year by R.S. Owens & Company of Chicago, and as of the recent 84th Academy Awards ceremony, approximately 2,800 Oscars have been awarded.
Despite the sheer number that have been produced and handed out, only a few have circulated amongst collectors of Hollywood memorabilia, for a very simple reason: Since 1950, a requirement has existed that stipulates that neither Academy Award winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the sum of $1. If a winner refuses to sign said agreement, the Academy keeps the statuette. A 2007 Forbes article suggests that only an approximate 150 statuettes have ever been sold; often, the buyer returns the award to the Academy, which stores them in its vaults.
This particular Academy First Award for Sound Recording was awarded to Levinson at the 15th Academy Awards ceremony for his work on the classic 1942 musical biopic about entertainer George M. Cohan. The movie featured one of James Cagney's signature performances, which earned him an Oscar as well. (Theirs were two of the three awards won by the movie, out of an impressive eight nominations.)
Levinson played a major role in bringing sound to motion pictures with his work on Don Juan (1926, the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack) and The Jazz Singer (1927, The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue). In 1927, he received a special Academy Award for his outstanding service in the industry.
Because it was awarded in March of 1942, this is one of the few awards to be exempted from the Academy's no-sale rule, and thus is one of the last Oscars awarded that is available for resale, and the Academy has graciously given its blessing for it to be made available in public auction.
Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, the statuette stands 13.5", weighs 8.5 lbs., and depicts an Art Deco-style male figure holding a sword standing upon a reel of film, a design recognized worldwide. It is in Very Fine condition with some small areas of tarnishing and wear, primarily to the back of the statuette, and has a small dent to the base. This is a rare opportunity to own an award that is as coveted by collectors as it is by the Hollywood elite.

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image




FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
866,352
bidder-members
$937,569,654
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Only 39 days left to consign to the 2014 July 18 - 19 Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!
Learn About Consigning With Us
I must say that you exceeded my expectation.
R.Z. ,
Hypoluxo, FL
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 February 15 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
2014 February 15 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
REALIZED $1,171,021
ENTERTAINMENT &
MUSIC SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey