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HERMAN J. MANKIEWICZ'S personal script of "Citizen Kane," which he penned with Orson Welles, will be auctioned June 21 at Christie's in New York City, and is expected to bring $70,000 to $90,000.

The screenplay has been marked up by lawyers representing William Randolph Hearst, on whom the title character was loosely based.How did Hearst's forces get ahold of Mankiewicz's script?

"Mankiewicz was practically incapable of keeping a secret," writes Pauline Kael in "The Citizen Kane Book." "He was so proud of his script that he lent a copy to (Marion Davies' relative) Charles Leaderer. In some crazily naive way, Mankiewicz seems to have imagined that Leaderer would be pleased to know how good it was. Leaderer, apparently, was deeply upset, and took the script to his aunt (Davies) and Hearst. It went from them to Hearst's lawyers before it was returned to Mankiewicz."

Thus the script is covered with objections from Hearst's attorneys:

-Where Kane says, "Young man, there will be no war (in Europe)," the lawyers wrote: "This happens to be the gist of an authentic interview with William Randolph Hearst after his last trip from Europe."

-The script's description of Kane's mansion as having "the biggest private zoo since Noah" drew "vehement" objections from the lawyers.

-SOPRANO KALLEN ESPERIAN (rhymes with Allen), Utah Opera's Mimi in 1988, made headlines in Italy recently, where she made her La Scala debut under trying circumstances.

Esperian replaced Katia Ricciarelli, whose appearances had been marred by catcalls and boos from La Scala's obstreperous audience. Ricciarelli withdrew from the cast, saying she would never sing at La Scala again.

Esperian, 27, went on feeling "very nervous," but she created a sensation, with many curtain calls in the role of "Luisa Miller" by Verdi. She was a 1985 winner in the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, has sung with him worldwide, and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi last March. Esperian will return to Utah in 1990 in Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

-A GALA CONCERT will honor the beloved contralto Marian Anderson, 87, this summer in Danbury, Conn., where she lives.

Soprano Jessye Norman, violinist Isaac Stern and conductor Julius Rudel, among others, will perform Aug. 12 in Danbury's Charles Ives Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the concert (for which tickets are $15-$500) will fund the new Marian Anderson Award, to be given annually to an American singer.

Anderson is universally credited with breaking the color barrier in classical music. She was the first black artist to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, and she performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

-HONORARY DOCTORATES were awarded at the Juilliard School of Music to cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a graduate, and to conductor Zubin Mehta, choreographer Agnes de Mille, director Mike Nichols and philanthropist Avery Fisher. - Compiled by Dorothy Stowe from Deseret News wire services.