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Auction History Result

3m084 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1sh '46 wonderful art of James Stewart & Donna Reed in Capra classic!

Date Sold 9/6/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, the classic 1946 Frank Capra (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) Christmas holiday family fantasy melodrama ("Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! How could it be anything else!"; "They're going steady... straight to your heart!"; "It's a Wonderful Love!"; "Frank Capra's wonderfilm..."; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring James Stewart (Jimmy Stewart; nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film; "America's Favorite Feller..."; as George Bailey), Donna Reed ("Jimmy's Favorite Girl..."; as Mary Bailey), Lionel Barrymore (as Mr. Potter), Thomas Mitchell (as Uncle Billy), Henry Travers (best remembered for playing Clarence the angel in this movie!), Beulah Bondi (as James Stewart's mom), Ward Bond (as Bert), Frank Faylen (as Ernie), Gloria Grahame (in a memorable role as Violet, the "bad" girl), H.B. Warner (as Mr. Gower), Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (as Freddie), Stanley Andrews, Sheldon Leonard (as Nick), William Edmunds, Jimmy Hawkins, Samuel S. Hinds, and Frank Hagney
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Condition: good to very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at each crossfold. There was a 3" vertical tear with a 2" horizontal tear coming off the middle of it in Stewart's waist, and someone put a 2" piece of paper tape on the back of the horizontal tear. There was a similar 2" tear with a 1/2" vertical tear coming off it in the upper left background area, and someone put a piece of paper tape on the back of that. They also put a piece of paper tape on the back of the bottom crossfold and on the back of the 2" of the vertical foldline below the middle crossfold. They also put a 1" piece of paper tape on the back of the right end of the bottom foldline. There was a small oval-shaped area of paper loss in the middle left of the "R" of "STEWART" in the credits, with paper loss in the background to the left of it, and someone put a piece of white tape on the back of that and put pen on the front of it to fill in the tiny missing part of the "R". There are several pinholes in each corner and some in the center of the top border. There are some tiny creases scattered on parts of the foldlines. There is some light rippling down the left and right edges of the poster, and some creases scattered in the poster. The poster has never had any restoration, other than the amateur tape repairs described above. Certainly, any talented restorer could easily remove the tape described above and linenback this poster, and it will look fantastic with little paint restoration needed. But it is also true that there are very few examples of this poster that have NOT been linenbacked (try searching databases and the Internet and see if you can find one!), and since this poster displays just fine as it is, it might also make a lot of sense for the new owner to keep it unbacked!
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