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Terence Bell

The Oscar Statuette

By February 23, 2013

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After all the media pomp is finished, there will be about 50 Oscar statuettes given out at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The statuettes, which have Oscar statuettechanged little since the first awards ceremony in 1929, stand 13.5 inches (34cm) tall and weigh 8.5 pounds (3.85kg).

While the exterior is plated with 24-karat gold, the core of each statuette is formed with a type of pewter referred to as Britannia metal. Britannia metal is an alloy of tin, antimony and copper that was developed in the 18th century as a pewter that could be cold-worked into sheets for making tea pots,candle sticks and other utensils.

Between the Britannia metal core and gold shell is a layer of nickel silver (an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc), an alloy used in the design of many brass instruments.

New statuettes are produced each year by RS Owens and Company who have been retained for this job by the Academy since 1982. It takes about 3 to 4 weeks for 50 statuettes, while the cost of each statuette, based on current metal prices, is estimated to be about USD 900.

Image: The Academy Award of Merit, otherwise known as the Oscar statuette. Copyright © 2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Source: www.oscars.org

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