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5a143 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL linen int'l 1sh '97 alternate image w/ Basinger in black with white cloak!

Date Sold 3/5/2017
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked International One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 40" [69 x 102 cm]) (Learn More)

L.A. Confidential, the 1997 Curtis Hanson (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) Los Angeles California mystery crime film noir ("Off the record, on the QT & very hush-hush..."; "Everything Is Suspect... Everyone Is For Sale... And Nothing Is What It Seems."; "Based on the novel by James Ellroy"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger (winner of the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film), and Danny DeVito
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Important Added Info: Note that this one-sheet (which measures 27" x 40" [69 x 102 cm]), with an entirely different image, has been shrouded in mystery since it first surfaced in the hobby several years ago! It was first seen in the collection of a well known Canadian collector/dealer/researcher who received the poster in 1998 from a theater he was connected to, when the movie was being re-released, and he surmised that it had been created for that 1998 re-release (possibly to capitalize on the many Oscar nominations it had received), but he noted that it had a 1997 copyright, and he could not explain why. It was not until 2013 that we learned much more about this poster! A different example of this poster was consigned to us by a former Warner Bros. executive who received samples of many alternate styles of one-sheets, some of which were apparently never distributed to theaters. The executive received this poster at the same time as the regular 1997 poster, so we think it was surely created at that same time. Perhaps some of them WERE distributed to some theaters in 1998 at the time of the Oscar nominations (perhaps only ones outside the U.S., including the one in Canada, where the first one surfaced, and that makes sense, because the poster has no ratings, which would indicate it is an international one-sheet), but that does not change that it is a 1997 poster! Since that time, we have auctioned six more examples of the poster (although it is possible that we were re-consigned previously sold ones). Now we are auctioning this poster for a eighth time (but again, it is unclear whether one or more of those eight were re-consigned, so we don't know how many of the posters are currently known to exist).

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny pinholes and creases scattered down the right edge, with tiny paper loss in the lower right border. It had creases in the top left, in Basinger's forehead above the left end of her eyebrow, and slightly touching her eyebrow. Otherwise, the poster was in nice condition prior to linenbacking. It was expertly backed by a top restorer and displays great!
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