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9h149 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 40x60 '62 earliest known poster w/ different silhouette image & coloring!

Date Sold 7/17/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Forty by Sixty Movie Poster (40x60; measures 40" x 60" [102 x 152 cm]) (Learn More)

Lawrence of Arabia, the classic 1962 (wide release in the U.S. in 1963) David Lean (winner of the Best Director Academy Award for this film) English/U.S. World War I (WWI) desert adventure thriller ("Stands Alone!"; "Unanimously acclaimed as 'One of the all time greatest films!'"; "Best Picture of the Year!"; "Winner of 7 Academy Awards!"; "The motion picture that made great international stars of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif"; "After five years... The first motion picture from the creators of 'The Bridge On The River Kwai.'"; "A mighty spectacle of action and adventure!"; produced by Sam Spiegel and David Lean; winner of the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; "as 'Ali'"), Peter O'Toole (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award7 for this film; in the title role as T.E. Lawrence; billed as "introducing Peter O'Toole as Lawrence"; which is odd, because he had small parts in several movies prior to this one!), and Zia Mohyeddin
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Artist: Georges Kerfyser
Important Added Info: Note that this is a special 40x60 that was created by Columbia Pictures in 1962 to promote this movie, which was going to be released later in 1962 (at the end of the year, so it could qualify for the 1962 Academy Awards). It was printed with an 11" blank area at the bottom, so that theaters could overprint it with information about when it would play in that area (as was done with window cards). But it is absolutely a poster from Columbia Pictures, because it has "Copyright 1962 by Columbia Pictures Corporation, All Rights Reserved, PRINTED IN U.S.A." in the lower left corner, and that was part of the original printing of the poster. The poster has the silhouette image of O'Toole, but it also has the figures of the leading characters across the poster at the bottom of that image. Most unusual, it has an orange background! When the pre-Oscar one-sheet was created soon after this poster, it had a yellow background, and there were different small images of the stars, and they are behind the silhouette, on the left and right, plus they added a scene of O'Toole leading a very long line of men through the desert! We have not seen this exact image or coloring on this poster on any other U.S. posters, and we suspect it was something that was created at the very beginning, and then the studio made changes, so it was never used again. We have never seen or heard of this poster before! Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a light paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (it means that the poster must be handled carefully, as the backing does not give it much added strength, but it is similar to having an unrestored poster, and yet it has been properly preserved). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards.

Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. When this poster was sent to the theater showing it (the "Academy Theatre"), it had a blank bottom area. That theater had someone very neatly hand letter "NEXT ATTRACTION... academy theatre WATCH FOR OPENING DATE!" in that bottom area, with two red lines. Those are not part of the printing of the poster. The poster was found recently and it had never been folded. It had some creases, smudges, and scuffs scattered around the edges of the poster and in the bottom play dates area, with just a few smudges and scuffs scattered in the image, and some tiny tears and tiny pinholes around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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