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Presented by:
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  Search this
Associated Person:
Katharine Hepburn, 12 May 1907 - 29 Jun 2003  Search this
Medium:
Britannium alloy (92% tin, 6% antimony, 2% copper), electroplated copper, nickel, silver, and 24k gold on base made of lacquer, brass, and nickel plating
Dimensions:
With Base: 33.7 x 13.3 x 13.3cm (13 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1981
Exhibition Label:
The Oscar statuette was designed in 1927 by MGM director Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by George Stanley. The figure stands on a film reel with five spokes, signifying the original branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. The pedestal was raised in 1945, giving Oscar a height of 13½ inches; it weighs 8½ pounds. Rather than its original gold-plated bronze, it is now composed of the alloy Britannia and coated in twenty-four-karat gold.
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Estate of Katharine Hepburn
Object number:
AD/NPG.2009.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm415aa3bec-1dd7-4e2e-818c-c485eb39780f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_AD_NPG.2009.5