The largest collection of Oscar statuettes ever offered for public sale
The 15 Oscars had been collected by a Los Angeles businessman whom Sanders declined to identify. However, he described the seller as having ties to the entertainment industry. The collector decided to sell the statuettes after Sanders sold Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane screenplay Oscar three months ago for $861,542. Welles and Mankiewicz had shared the screenwriting award for the film.
The statuettes, each 34 cm tall and weighing 3.85 kg, were bestowed upon the moviemakers of winning films and works before 1950, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reached an agreement with winners which bars them and their heirs from selling the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. The Academy, its members and the many film artists and craftspeople who’ve won Academy Awards believe strongly that Oscars should be won, not purchased, said an Academy statement.
Rodarte Black Swan CostumeBlack Swan, the critically acclaimed thriller starring Academy-Award winner for Best Actress Natalie Portman as a deranged ballerina, causes the fame and the different reaction for several months. Among other things, it is also due to the news that fashion-industry favorites Kate and Laura Mulleavy of the label Rodarte had designed some of the ballet outfits, which were a huge hit.
Six tutus designed by the sisters for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to wear in the movie will be on display from next month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Each of the six tutus featured looks like a delicate sculpture, all layered tulle underneath and a celebration of textures – feathers, beads, embroidered vinyl, silk netting and Swarovski crystals, on top. To preserve the form of the designs, each sits on a poured resin mannequin of sorts that becomes nearly invisible inside the dress. The spinning tutus and changing lights in the museum bring life and movement to the display.
LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The elegant, modern set of the 83rd Academy Awards®, designed by Steve Bass, prominently featured shimmering Swarovski crystals, which intensified this year’s radiant display of Hollywood stars. A Tinseltown staple in every way, Swarovski crystals enhanced not only the set, but also the atmosphere of this prestigious Awards ceremony. The illuminating crystals were incorporated into the circular stage piece where winners accepted their awards, and created a shining path accenting the steps leading up to the stage and on stage.
In total, the room glittered with over 55,000 Swarovski crystals, especially flown in from the company’s headquarters in Austria, in 11 different shapes and various sizes. This is the fourth time that Swarovski has graced the stage of the Academy Awards® and this year the crystals continued to give the room the Swarovski aura of poetic beauty, glamour and sparkle.