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Sale of Joan Fontaine’s house to aid animal group

October 20, 2014

CARMEL, California (AP) — More property from the late Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine will benefit an animal welfare organization.

The Monterey County Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/ZCwLXA ) that proceeds from the sale of Fontaine’s California home will be donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County. Noel Beutel, executor of Fontaine’s estate, says the home in Carmel could be worth up to $3 million.

Christie’s announced last week that the contents of the home — including fine art, silver and furniture — would be sold at auction to benefit the SPCA. Christie’s says the organization could receive more than $1 million from the sales.

Fontaine’s 1941 Oscar for her role as the timid wife in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” could bring $300,000 on Dec. 11.

The actress died last December at age 96.

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