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'Citizen Kane' script sold at Orson Welles auction

Monday - 4/28/2014, 7:38am  ET

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows Orson Welles' personal copy of a souvenir program from his classic 1941 film, "Citizen Kane," which was among the legendary actor, director and scriptwriter's items consigned by his daughter, Beatrice Welles for sale by Heritage Auctions in New York City on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The collection fetched $180,000. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 at Heritage Auctions on Saturday.

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, far surpassing the $2,000 presale estimate.

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

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

Also on the block were memorabilia the director's daughter, Beatrice Welles, kept for decades in Sedona, Ariz.


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