I don’t usually respond to people who misstate what I meant in a post, for fear of starting a flamewar, but here goes. I thought it was obvious to anyone that my point was that sometimes people can get too literal, for example, extending the fact that there was an actual burning sled with “Rosebud” written on it at the close of Citizen Kane, to believing that the plane that went down in Iowa must have had “American Pie” splashed on its side, which, of course, it didn’t.
In any event, Citizen Kane wasn’t really about a sled, it was a thinly disguised biography of publisher Randolph Hearst. And there is a theory that Rosebud was a very intimate nickname for his mistress, Marion Davies. See Topkis v. Vidal for more details.
A sled from the movie recently sold at auction at Christies for $233,500–this may be the Spielberg sled, since he bought Clark Gable’s Best Actor Oscar at the same auction. See: Auction Highlights for more details.