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    Arthur W. Johns 1945 Best Special Effects Academy Award "Oscar" trophy for Wonder Man. (Samuel Goldwyn Co., 1945) Arthur W. Johns won this award for sound effects alongside his colleague John P. Fulton for photographic effects in the Danny Kaye musical comedy vehicle Wonder Man. Johns had previously worked on Gone With the Wind and Rebecca, and went on to work on many notable films including Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. 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 statuette stands 13.25 in. tall with the cast metal, gold-plated figure measuring 10.25 in. tall by 3.25 in. wide. The beveled black base is 5.25 in. round at the bottom of a 3 in. tall pedestal base that 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 in 92.5 percent tin and 7.5 percent copper and then gold-plated it. 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 1.5 x .75 in. engraved plaque reads "Academy First Award to Arthur Johns for Best Special Effects of 'Wonder Man'" and is affixed to the front of the base foot. At the back, a 1.5 x .75 in. engraved plaque reads, "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences First Award 1945". A near perfect specimen of the most coveted entertainment award on the planet. Exhibiting only minor age, no pitting or tarnishing. One of the finest examples of this instantly recognizable and world-famous prize and one of extremely few Oscars ever made available to the public. In vintage fine condition.

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    June, 2017
    26th Monday
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