The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing the heirs of late Hollywood legends Mary Pickford and Charles "Buddy" Rogers over alleged plans to sell the late couple's Oscar statuettes.
Pickford won an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 1929 film "Coquette" and was awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1976. Rogers, who married Pickford in 1937, was honoured by the academy in 1986 with his own statuette as recipient of a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The Academy claims that they have the right of refusal to buy these Oscars. They have filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The academy has the right of first refusal to buy the three Oscars, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.. It is seeking an order to buy the Oscars back from the heirs for $10 each.