|Plaster Oscar removed from ebay March 24, 2011|
This is not to say the Oscar listed on eBay was in anyway illegitimate, however records of an item such as a plaster Oscar were not kept. Nor were the plaster Oscars marked in any way to identify them as such. This seems to be one major problem with unusual Oscar memorabilia. The Academy seems to lack records and or an unwillingness to provide any relevant data towards perpetuating the sale of memorabilia.
Below is the original listing description:
This item came from the estate of an entertainment producer. The Academy Award is made of plaster (which was done during the WWII years); the base is wood, and there is no nameplate on the statuette. As you can see, there is some splitting to the plaster, but I have been told that this can easily repaired by a restoration expert.