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d001 WIZARD OF OZ title movie lobby card '39 the original!

Date Sold 5/17/2005
Sold For: $8,477.00


An Original Vintage Theatrical Movie Title Lobby Card (measures 11" x 14") (Learn More)

The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 Victor Fleming family magical fantasy adventure musical ("MGM's miracle musical show of shows!"; "It's Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor triumph!"; "Magnificent in its brilliant Technicolor splendor!"; "AT LAST IT'S HERE Biggest Sensation Since "SNOW WHITE"!"; "The mighty miracle show that is the talk of America!"; "Amazing sights to see! The Tornado, Munchkinland, Horse of a Different Color, Startling Balloon Ascent, The Flying Monkeys, The Tree That Throws Apples"; "Gaiety! Glory! Glamour!"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; Based on the classic novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum) starring Judy Garland (as Dorothy), Jack Haley (as The Tin Man), Bert Lahr (as The Cowardly Lion), Ray Bolger (as The Scarecrow), Frank Morgan (in the title role as The Wizard of Oz!), Margaret Hamilton (as the Wicked Witch), Billie Burke (as Glinda, the Good Witch), Charley Grapewin, "the Munchkins", and Toto too!
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Important Added Info: Note that this lobby card was purchased in Los Angeles many years ago from Bob Colman, noted poster dealer and collector, who for many years sold posters and lobby cards from the legendary "Cozy Theater" collection. The Cozy Theater was a theater in Los Angeles that purchased several examples of each poster and lobby card produced from the mid to late 1930s through the late 1950s. The theater set up its own many "poster exchange", and would lend its posters to other theaters for a fee. In 1968, Bob Colman and his partner purchased the entire collection for $25,000, and over the next 30 years sold it for millions of dollars (and that was with most items being priced at only a few dollars in the late 1960s and early 1970s)! Surely this is one of the most memorable poster finds of all time. It is especially nice that many (but not all) of the items from this collection were stamped on the back with a stamp that read either just "Cozy Theater", or its full address, as items with this stamp can be easily identified as coming from this great collection. Offered in this auction is the Title Card from "The Wizard of Oz" (we are selling the other seven cards from The Wizard of Oz as seven separate auctions elsewhere on eBay). Note that all eight of the cards are completely unrestored! The condition of the title card is as follows: There is a 3/4" tear near the middle of the bottom border that just extends into the bottom of the "O" of "OF" in the title. There is faint brown water staining on the face of the caricature of the Scarecrow within the letter "O" of "OZ" in the title. There are three pairs of staple holes in the center of the top of the card, one pair is in the top blank border, one pair is in the background between the Scarecrow and the Lion, and one pair is in the brim of the Scarecrow's hat. There is a 1/2" tear in the upper part of the right blank border and a 1/8" tear in the lower middle part of the right blank border. There are minor creases in the corners and faint smudges in the borders. There are a few very faint scuffs in the solid blue background areas. Other than the above defects, the card is in nice condition. It has a crisp feel to it, indicating it was not handled very much. The above defects could certainly be made to disappear with the restoration, but I would think many collectors would prefer to leave this card completely unrestored, especially since it displays quite well exactly as it is!

Condition: very good.
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