Mickey Rooney’s Golden Globe sells for nearly $10,000

A Golden Globe once belonging to Mickey Rooney has been sold at auction for nearly $10,000.

The late actor – who passed away in 2014 at the age of 93 – received the Golden Globe Best Actor Award in 1982 for his role in TV movie ‘Bill’ and on Thursday (31.01.19) the statuette was sold by Nate D. Sanders Auctions to a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous, in Los Angeles for a price of $9,983.

Rooney also won an Emmy for the same film, which was also listed for auction but was withdrawn at the last minute for unknown reasons.

Rooney starred as the titular character in the CBS film, which told the real-life story of Bill, who spent nearly 60 years institutionalised for an intellectual disability until he was invited to live in a Minnesota home of a documentary filmmaker.

The movie helped to change the perspectives on people living with disabilities in America, and the awards being auctioned come directly from Rooney’s estate.

On the Golden Globe – which he was awarded in 1982 during the ceremony in the Beverly Hilton – a plaque mounted to the pedestal reads: ”Mickey Rooney / Best / Television Actor / In a Mini Series / Or Motion Picture / Made for Television / ‘Bill’ / 1981 / Hollywood Foreign Press Association / 8240.”

In his lifetime, Rooney won one Emmy, two Golden Globes – with the other being for Best TV Star for his role in sitcom ‘Mickey’ in 1964 – and an Academy Juvenile Award at the Oscars in 1938, which he was awarded for his "significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as a juvenile player setting a high standard of ability and achievement."

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