1942 Oscar to be auctioned in Rhode Island

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 11:05 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 1942 Oscar statuette is being sold an auction in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1jCCSPx ) the statuette will be sold Monday by Briarbrook Auctions in East Greenwich. Art director Joseph C. Wright won the Oscar in 1942 for color art direction on the film "My Gal Sal."

The Oscar belongs to Wright's nephew, who lives in Cranston and wishes to remain anonymous.

Oscars rarely come onto the market. Since 1950, Oscar winners are required to sign a contract agreeing that if they or their heirs ever want to sell an Oscar, it must first be offered to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for $1.

Wright died in California at the age of 92.

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