What is there left to say about Citizen Kane? It was not only Orson Welles' masterpiece, but it is also considered to be one of the best movies of all time. Charles Foster Kane, wonderfully played by Welles himself, was inspired by William Randolph Hearst -- the head of my favorite celebrity family. While many would put no film above it, Citizen Kane only scored itself one Oscar, for screenwriting, which Welles shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz. It lost all of its other Oscar nods, which just goes to show you that the gulf between moviegoers and the Academy is nothing new. Now Reuters is reporting that the one-of-a-kind statuette is about to be auctioned by Sotheby's.

It has been a long battle to get the Oscar on the auction block. The award was thought to be lost until it popped up at an earlier Sotheby's auction in 1994. A cinematographer who had once worked with Welles received it as payment, and had held it in secrecy until the auction. Welles' daughter Beatrice, however, sued the man and the auction house, and eventually got the Oscar back. But then she tried to sell it herself, and the Academy sued her in their efforts to keep the statuettes off the market. However, it wasn't until 1950 that the first right of refusal deal was made, so Citizen Kane's big award was in the clear.

She sold it to the Dax Foundation in 2003, and now they're finally bringing it back to Sotheby's without the legal issues. Estimates say that the award will probably be sold somewhere in the ballpark of $800,000 to $1.2 million. Considering the fact that Gone with the Wind sold for over $1.5 million in 1999, it might just go for even more. If you're rich, or you have lots of money-laden friends and family, you've got until December 11 to pull together the funds.