Belfast Telegraph

Citizen Kane script at Welles sale

Scripts for Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' camera and a cigar ashtray were among the late director's belongings sold at a New York auction.

Sixty-seven lots fetched 180,000 dollars at Heritage Auctions.

Margaret Barrett, Heritage's director of entertainment-linked auctions, called the items "a piece of cinema royalty".

Two dozen pages of scripts for the 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane went for 15,000 dollars, far surpassing the 2,000-dollar pre-sale estimate.

Welles' old Bell and Howell movie camera used to record a bullfight in Spain sold for 37,500 dollars, against a 2,000-dollar estimate.

And a silver-plated cigar ashtray Ernest Hemingway gave Welles fetched 5,000 dollars - six times the expected price.

Also on the block was memorabilia that the director's daughter Beatrice Welles kept for decades in Sedona, Arizona.

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