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AMPAS alleges scalped Oscar tix

From the Associated Press

A lawsuit claims two companies scalped tickets to this year’s Academy Awards ceremony for as much as $85,000 each.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles against Red Baron Records and Millionaire’s Concierge.

The two companies didn’t immediately return e-mailed requests for comment.

The suit claims Anaheim-based Red Baron worked through an Australian company to sell five tickets to the Feb. 24 show for $85,000 each. It contends that the head of Florida-based Millionaire’s Concierge offered to sell an undercover investigator two Oscar tickets for $23,000 each.

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Oscar guests must sign a contract promising they won’t give away or sell their tickets. But the suit contends that some guests do sell to brokers for tens of thousands of dollars.


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