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Academy sues RI company over auctioned Oscar statuette

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A lawsuit has been filed over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of the film ``My Gal Sal.''

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences, which hosts the Academy Awards, sued Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Briarbrook sold the statuette on June 24 for $79,200.

The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Briarbrook to sell the Oscar statuette to the Academy for $10 in accordance with the organization's bylaws. The disputed statuette was awarded to Joseph Wright for his art direction of the musical ``My Gal Sal,'' which starred Rita Hayworth.

Briarbrook owner Nanci Thompon says she has not seen the lawsuit, but she says the company was careful before offering it for sale.

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