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Property Once Belonging To Late Orson Welles Exceeds Expectations At Auction

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A portrait of the legendary actor/director taken in 1982 in Paris, three years before his death. (credit: Philippe Bouchon/AFP/Getty Images)

A portrait of the legendary actor/director taken in 1982 in Paris, three years before his death. (credit: Philippe Bouchon/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Citizen Kane” script pages,  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 pre-sale 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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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