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Auction History Result

3a001 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA pre-awards style 1sheet '62 David Lean, best art of Peter O'Toole on camel!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Lawrence of Arabia, the classic 1962 (wide release in the U.S. in 1963) David Lean (winner of the Best Director Academy Award for this film) English/U.S. World War I (WWI) desert adventure thriller ("Stands Alone!"; "Unanimously acclaimed as 'One of the all time greatest films!'"; "Best Picture of the Year!"; "Winner of 7 Academy Awards!"; "The motion picture that made great international stars of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif"; "After five years... The first motion picture from the creators of 'The Bridge On The River Kwai.'"; "A mighty spectacle of action and adventure!"; produced by Sam Spiegel and David Lean; winner of the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; "as 'Ali'"), Peter O'Toole (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film; in the title role as T.E. Lawrence; billed as "introducing Peter O'Toole as Lawrence"; which is odd, because he had small parts in several movies prior to this one!), and Zia Mohyeddin
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Artist: Howard Terpning
Important Added Info: Note that this classic movie was released at the end of 1962, to qualify for the Academy Awards. Two different styles of one-sheet posters were created for that "pre-Awards" release, and then after it won seven Academy Awards, two new one-sheets were created, both referencing the Academy Awards that the movie had won. The pre-Awards one-sheets are far more rare and far more desirable to collectors, because far fewer examples of them are known to exist, and they are among the most desirable of all 1960s posters! The poster offered here is the pre-Awards "camel style" one-sheet (it does not have a style letter on it). Note that I (Bruce Hershenson) went to visit mega dealer Walter Reuben in 1990, and at the end of our visit, he showed me an example of this poster, and he said "Bruce, I think this will be the very first poster from the 1960s to sell for $1,000"! This seemed absurd at the time, because, at that time, few 1940s or 1950s posters sold for over $1,000, and most collectors could not imagine a 1960s poster selling for even several hundreds of dollars. Of course, later that year, I held my first major auction of movie posters, and, at all my future major auctions, I always wanted to include an example of this poster, but it is INCREDIBLY difficult to obtain, and it has always eluded me, until now!

Condition: fine. The poster was in excellent folded condition. The collector who owned it wanted to frame it on his wall, and he wanted it to look in as perfect condition as possible, so he gave it to a top restorer, and had them press the poster flat, and perform the tiniest of touch up to the foldlines, so that it would seem to be completely unfolded on his wall! This really is a magnificent poster, and I certainly hope that whoever purchases it will also display it on their wall!
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