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Auction History Result

Lot #: #096 CITIZEN KANE style A 1sh41 Orson Welles

Date Sold 12/16/2003
Sold For: Login or Register to see sold price.
Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 6
CATALOG SOLD OUT

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.



Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Citizen Kane, the classic 1941 Orson Welles (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) biographical newspaper journalism melodrama ("Some called him a hero... Others called him a heel"; "It's Terrific!"; loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; many people consider it the finest movie ever made) starring Orson Welles (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film; in the title role as Charles Foster Kane), with the members of Welles' "Mercury Actors", who had previously acted with him on stage, Joseph Cotten (as Jedediah Leland), Dorothy Comingore (as Susan Alexander Kane), Everett Sloane (as Mr. Bernstein), Ray Collins (as Jim W. Gettys), George Coulouris (as Walter Parks Thatcher), Agnes Moorehead (as Mary Kane, Kane's mother), Paul Stewart (as Raymond), Ruth Warrick (as Emily Monroe Norton Kane), Erskine Sanford (as Herbert Carter), William Alland (as Jerry Thompson), Fortunio Bonanova (as Signor Matiste), Buddy Swan (as Kane at age 8), Harry Shannon (as Kane's father), and Alan Ladd (in one of his early incredibly tiny parts, but he does have a single speaking line!)
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Condition: very good. The poster is linenbacked; prior to restoration the poster had tape on the back of the vertical foldline that has slightly bled through to the front; there was tape on the back of the middle of the middle foldline (in Welles' waist); there were small holes at each crossfold; there were several small areas of paper loss in the blank borders; there was a 4" tear in the right of the top border starting at the top edge and going between the "L" and "E" of "WELLES" and there was a 4" tear in the bottom border starting at the bottom to the right of the copyright block and extending to the right of the woman's dress; The poster has had really first rate restoration! The poster looks really great now (many people could not find the above defects unless they were specifically pointed out to them) and yet, the poster has only had restoration in the exact areas where there were defects! The small areas of paper loss have had new paper "patched in" and then they were perfectly painted to match the surrounding area. There has been light paint restoration on the areas where there was slight bleed through from tape, but it was so well done that you really can't tell even from close up. While this poster has had a fair amount of restoration, most of it is on the vertical foldline and on the middle foldline, which mostly covers background areas and Welles' pants. There is no restoration on Welles' face or most of the other areas of the poster. I would think every collector would be quite happy to display this poster on their wall!
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