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    Arthur Caesar's Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay - Manhattan Melodrama. (MGM, 1934) Arthur Caesar won this award for "Best Original Story" for the pre-code crime film starring Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and a young Mickey Rooney who played Gable's character as a child. This was the movie made notorious when criminal John Dillinger attended a screening at Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934 and was gunned down by federal agents when he left the cinema. In the entertainment industry and the world over, the "Oscar" statuette is indisputably the most treasured and iconic symbol of the filmmaker's accomplishment and the public's romance with Hollywood glamour and movies. This vintage male "Oscar" statuette stands 12 in. tall with the cast metal, gold-plated figure measuring 3.5 in. wide by 10.25 in. tall. The beveled black base is 5.25 in. round at the bottom, tapered to 4.5 in. where the base attaches to the film reel that forms the integral foot of the metal statue. Sculptor George Stanley (who also fashioned the famous Muse Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl) sculpted Cedric Gibbons' original design in clay and Sachin Smith cast the statuette. Consisting of a pewter-like alloy called "britannia metal", which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold. The original Oscar mold was cast in 1928 at the C.W. Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, Illinois. Since 1983, Oscars are fabricated each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company. A 2 x .75 in. cast brass plaque reads "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences First Award 1934" and is affixed to the front of the base. Burgundy felted bottom. The statuette's finish exhibits minor rubbing and age. Affixed plaque exhibits expected age and patina. The black base exhibits light edge chipping. In vintage good to very good condition. This is an early example of this instantly recognizable and world-famous prize and one of extremely few Oscars ever made available to the public. Provenance: Butterfield & Butterfield, February 19, 1998.

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    11th Tuesday
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