Date: 23rd December 2002

Steven Spielberg buys Bette Davis' best actress Oscar

Steven Spielberg has paid 112,000 for Bette Davis' best actress Oscar for the 1935 movie Dangerous.

The director will donate the Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The bid was made on Spielberg's behalf by telephone to the Sotheby's auction in New York.

Spielberg, himself a multiple Academy Award winner, has previously bought and donated two other Oscars that were being sold privately.

Last year he paid 360,000 for Davis' Oscar for the 1938 movie Jezebel, and 379,000 in 1996 for Clark Gable's best-actor Oscar for 1934's It Happened One Night.

Source: Press Release