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Citizen Kane 1941 A Wooden Rosebud Sled

CITIZEN KANE, 1941 A wooden ROSEBUD sled from the film directed by and starring Orson Welles. The antique hardwood sled is constructed of painted pine, the red painted seat with the stencilled word ROSEBUD above a stencilled single flower; the seat fastened to the two sled runners on three horizontal wooden bars–34¾ x 15½ in. In the opening scene of this classic film, tycoon “Charles Foster Kane” is on his deathbed at Xanadu, his decaying estate. As he dies, the snowglobe he was holding slips from his hand and shatters. He utters one last word, “ROSEBUD.” Thus begins the journey and genius of Citizen Kane, as reporter “Thompson” searches for the mysterious meaning behind the last word of the publishing magnate. As the story unfolds, we learn that ROSEBUD is but the cherished memory of a young boy”s snow sled. The mastery of Orson Welles” storytelling and direction is evident throughout the film using flashbacks, newsreel footage and superior editing. The ROSEBUD sled is certainly one of the most iconic film props of all time, from an American cinema masterpiece. The sled is accompanied by two black and white photographs of Arthur Bauer receiving the sled from RKO actress Bonita Granville, one signed; and a black and white photograph from the film, also signed by the actress–8 x 10 in. and similar. Pre-Lot Text Property from the Family of ARTHUR BAUER In early 1942, twelve year old Arthur Bauer was a student at Public School 217 in Brooklyn, New York. A movie buff and avid member of the school”s film club, he entered an RKO Pictures sponsored contest. The winner was to be determined by how close his choices were to those made that year by the New York Film critics. Arthur Bauer recalled that after winning the contest, “…I was told I could pick from a list of prizes, and I chose the ROSEBUD sled used in Citizen Kane.” The hardwood sled was presented to the boy by RKO actress Bonita Granville in the New York office of Will Hays, President, Motion Picture Producers & Distributors. Ironic in that Orson Wells had battled with Mr. Hays through the film over issues of censorship

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