Officials at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are working to convince eBay bosses to yank an auction offering the late Estelle Getty’s 1988 Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Emmy Award to the highest bidder, Variety has learned.
“It’s a situation in which the award is not meant to be monetized,” says John Leverence, Senior VP of Awards for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “The value of the award is in the recognition by your peers. That intangible value is priceless; to monetize the award by selling it . . . is just not something the academy wants to see happen.”
Leverence said the academy was contacting eBay officials, “to let them know the official rules, at which point we’re sure [the auction] will be taken down. It’s pretty much in black-and-white — there’s no wiggle room.”
Getty earned the prize for her siganature role as wisecracking Italian Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, which ran on NBC between 1985 and 1992. The auction, scheduled to end Wednesday, was posted by an LA art dealer, with an initial asking price is $15,000. No bids had been made as of Monday afternoon.
Estelle Getty died in July 2008, at the age of 84. She is survived by two sons.