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Orson Welles’ Oscar Statue Sells for a Ton of Money

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27:  The Oscar Statue production display at the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal on February 27, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Sure, it's an honor just to be nominated. But it's really an honor to win the Oscar, then have it posthumously sold for almost a million bucks. Which is what just went down with Orson Welles' statue for his Citizen Kane screenplay — the slightly tarnished golden fellow, awarded in 1941, sold for $861,542 to an undisclosed bidder.

David Copperfield almost won the statue. We'd offer a "better luck next time, Dave" to the surely bummed magician, but it turns out that was the only Oscar that Welles ever won. Sorry, bro.

Photo: Jemal Countess/2011 Getty Images