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A Serious Man blackboard benefits St. Olaf College

Focus Features 03.03.2010

Among the treasures to be bid on at St. Olaf's recent Black and Gold Winter Gala auction was part of the chalk board used in the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated A Serious Man. According to the St. Olaf's Press, the gala raised "$109,000 for St. Olaf, including $2,600 for the blackboard" It only made sense since the scene was shot at St. Olaf anyway. And the Coen brothers not only allowed the college do what they wanted with the blackboard, but also wrote a letter of authenticity for the board.