'My Gal Sal' Oscar auctioned, Academy sues
'My Gal Sal' Oscar: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services.
LOS ANGELES — The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscarawarded to the art director of "My Gal Sal" and is seeking to buy back the statuette for $10.
The academy adopted a rule in 1951 prohibiting winners or their heirs from selling Oscars. It is seeking an order requiring Briarbrook to sell it the Oscar for $10 in accordance with the academy bylaws.
Briarbrook owner Nanci Thompon said she has not seen the suit. But she noted that Wright's Oscar predated the academy's sales prohibition and said her company was careful before offering it for sale.
The lawsuit does not identify who purchased the statuette.