Description

    A 1935 Best Picture of the Year Oscar Statuette Award for It Happened One Night with Columbian Art Metal Works Document Pertaining to the Original 1928 Prototype Casting of the Oscar Awards
    5-1/2 inches high (14.0 cm) (statuette, overall)

    Property from the Estate of Charles Schalebaum

    These souvenir statuettes were given to the stars of the Columbia Pictures film It Happened One Night, which was awarded Best Picture of the Year in 1935. The film was directed by Frank Capra, starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, and is considered a substantial advancement in portraying Columbia Pictures as a legitimate studio.

    The front of the statuette bears a plate engraved ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES, FIRST AWARD, COLUMBIA PICTURES, FOR THE BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR, and to the reverse plaque 15TH ANNIVERSARY, COLUMBIA PICTURES, 1920-1935.

    Also included with the lot is a 10-1/4 x 8-1/4 letter from Columbian Art Metal Works dated Aug 21, 1928, transcribed:
    Dear Adolph, I am sending the bronze "Oscar" for your approval, I have finished it as per your instructions. This particular casting is of high quality, and has no porosity. If all your castings are like the sample, we can expect a near perfect product. Respectfully yours, Joseph C____"

    The contract to produce Oscar statuettes was awarded to the CW Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, Illinois.



    Condition Report*:

    Some rubbing and toning to figure, errant plate loss, base with flaking to ebonized finish at foot, letter with creasing, letter housed behind glass plate, with wear commensurate with age and use.

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