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MORNING REPORT

Auction Update

June 23, 1989|ALEENE MacMINN | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The Beatles' famous psychedelic Bentley had no takers at this week's auction at Christie's East, but a 90-page script for "Citizen Kane" went for $231,000, the highest figure ever paid for an entertainment item at auction. (The previous high was $165,000 for the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz.") The bidding on the 1956 Bentley opened at $300,000 but there was not a single bid. Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's personal copy of the Oscar-winning "Citizen Kane" script, on the other hand, was fiercely fought over by the packed crowd. It was purchased by an anonymous client represented by a New York-based art firm. The script is rare because it contains comments written in the margins by lawyers for William Randolph Hearst, on whose life the movie was loosely based.

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