Me acaban de pasar esta foto por Whatsapp, así que quien quiera un Goya al mejor guión original ya sabe… Por 4.999€ es suyo. pic.twitter.com/cvr7l0FdJP
— J. P. Rodríguez (@Lazoworks) December 26, 2016
But it turns out that the statue was a real award given to scriptwriting brothers Juanma and Eduardo Bajo Ulloa when the 1991 film Alas de Mariposa – ‘Butterfly Wings’- won Best Original Script.
The bronze statue had been displayed in the window of the shop with a price tag of €4,999 since early December but was removed and returned to the owners on Tuesday after the store was inundated with enquiries.
“The award was in the shop but has now been returned after causing a bit of a stir,” confirmed an employee at Cash Converters.
The brothers have yet to comment on their reason for wanting to sell their Goya, which is the Spanish version of an Oscar but they did speak publically about the financial troubles they had suffered trying to get the film made when it was released 25 years ago.
One of the brothers said he had had to mortgage his house to raise money to produce his first film.
“It’s a real Goya and a demonstration of the precarious state of the Spanish film industry,” commented one film insider on Twitter.
Era un Goya real, y es una muestra más del precario estado de la industria del cine español. https://t.co/IEyyiVXoZP
— Fotogramas – Cine (@fotogramas_es) December 27, 2016
Watch the original footage from the 1992 awards ceremony: