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2j019 CLEOPATRA linen French 2p 1963 Terpning art of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton & Rex Harrison!

Date Sold 12/11/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked French Two-Panel "Double Grande" Movie Poster (2p; measures 62 3/4" x 93 1/2" [159 x 237 cm]; printed in 2 pieces) (Learn More)

Joseph Mankiewicz's Cleopatra, the 1963 (while it was in limited released in the U.S. in 1963, it did not go into general release in the U.S. until 1964, so the posters all have 1964 dating on them) Joseph L. Mankiewicz English/Swiss/U.S. Egypt historical romantic pseudo-biography epic ("The No1 of all time"; "SEE Cleopatra triumphant entry into Rome!"; "SEE the thrilling battle of Actium!"; "SEE the brutal assassination of Caesar!"; "SEE the love affairs that destroyed an empire!"; "SEE the victorious Roman army occupy Cleopatra's Empire"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; based on the novel by Carlo Mario Franzero) starring Elizabeth Taylor (in the title role as Cleopatra), Richard Burton ("as Mark Antony"), Rex Harrison (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film; "as Julius Caesar"), Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh (as Brutus), Roddy McDowall (as Octavian), and Loris Loddi. Note that this epic production created epic problems for 20th Century-Fox! Huge salaries and many production delays caused the budget for the movie to soar to then record heights, and it almost bankrupted the studio! Initially, Peter Finch was cast as Julius Caesar and Stephen Boyd as "Mark Antony", and this trade ad, which was released at the very start of production, has them billed under Elizabeth Taylor. But during filming in England, she became ill, and production had to be halted, since she was in virtually every scene of the movie. Director Rouben Mamoulian quit to work on another project, and so did Peter Finch and Stephen Boyd, who had to quit due to prior commitments for other movies, and they were of course replaced by Rex Harrison and Richard Burton.
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Artist: Howard Terpning
Important Added Info: We previously auctioned this poster in 2016, and it was the only example of this poster we had ever auctioned at that time. But the buyer did not realize how expensive the shipping would be to another country, and the buyer chose to have us re-auction it instead of having it shipped, so it is still the only linenbacked example of this poster we have ever auctioned (and the person who had it backed likely paid at least $400 or $500 for the backing!). But please bear in mind the cost of shipping, especially if you are a bidder who lives outside the U.S. and needs it shipped to another country, because it will need to be shipped rolled in a tube that measures approximately 80" long. Note that because this poster is 93 1/2" wide, we don't have a wall large enough to take an image of it in one complete shot. So we took two images of it and then combined them. You can see where it joins in our image down the left of the image, where Rex Harrison is. Because we did not take the two images from the exact same distance, the two images do not join perfectly, but this is of course solely in our digital image, and the actual poster does not have this (but as always, we wanted you to see actual unenhanced images of the poster being auctioned, so that you can see exactly what restoration it has had). Note that there is a tiny "7/63 Depot legal 63/3" with "27418" under that at the bottom of the poster. This means that this poster is from the first release in France in 1963, and that this is the third time the poster was printed. Also note that this French two-panel measures 62 3/4" x 93 1/2" [159 x 237 cm].

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had small paper loss at some crossfolds and some tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss scattered on the top horizontal fold, with a lesser amount of wear on the other folds. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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