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Auction History Result

9m0066 MALTESE FALCON linen B French 1p 1946 best Bonneaud art of Bogart, Lorre & Astor, beyond rare!

Date Sold 8/8/2021
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An Original 1946 (from the first release of this movie in France) Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style B French One-Panel "Grande" Movie Poster (1p; measures 46 1/4" x 63 1/2" [117 x 161 cm]) (Learn More)

The Maltese Falcon, the classic 1941 John Huston romantic detective crime film noir ("A story as explosive as his blazing automatics"; "Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, Author of 'The Thin Man'"; "Screen Play by John Huston"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Humphrey Bogart (as Sam Spade), Mary Astor (as Brigid O'Shaughnessy), Gladys George (as Iva Archer), Peter Lorre (as Joel Cairo), Barton MacLane (as Lt. Dundy), Lee Patrick (as Effie), Sydney Greenstreet (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; as Kasper Gutman), Ward Bond (as Tom Polhaus), Jerome Cowan (as Miles Archer), and Elisha Cook Jr. (as Wilmer Cook, the "gunsel"). Note that this was the SECOND re-make of this movie (it had been made in 1931 under the original title, and in 1936 as "Satan Met a Lady", starring Bette Davis in the lead role, but it was THIS version by John Huston, with his screenplay that closely followed the Dashiell Hammett novel, with superlative acting, which is an all-time classic) Note that some of the U.S. posters for this movie used images of Bogart from the 1941 film "High Sierra" (the same is true of some posters for "All Through the Night"!). Note that in all three of these movies (The Maltese Falcon, All Through the Night, and High Sierra), Humphrey Bogart only got the lead part because George Raft turned down the lead in all three!
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Artist: Jacques Bonneaud
Important Added Info: Remember how in this most classic movie, a bunch of people are after a priceless relic, a statue known as the "Maltese Falcon", but it always stays out of their grasp? And one character, "Kaspar Gutman", says "A man can have many sons, but there is only one Maltese Falcon"? Well, in a weird case of life imitating art, consider this poster, which is one of the two styles of first release French one-panel poster from this classic movie (longtime French dealers refer to this as the style B French poster, and the other style as style A, but we think that is just something they adopted over many years). The other style (with a large image of the falcon and the characters within it) deservedly sells for many thousands, and is VERY desirable, but there are a number of existing examples. But to the best of my knowledge, there is just ONE of this style we are offering in this auction, and it first appeared at auction over 40 years ago, and has never been seen again. Until now, when what is very likely the same example from that long ago auction was consigned to us (like the statue in the movie, which disappeared for 17 years within the film)! After this auction closes, this ultra-rare (and perhaps unique) poster will have a new owner, and it may never again appear at auction! Like the Maltese Falcon from the movie, it truly IS "the stuff that dreams are made of"!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. As noted above, the poster was at auction decades ago, and at that time, it was on a thin linen backing. It had had slight darkening on the folds and had tiny paper loss at some crossfolds, and just a few bits of paper loss on parts of some folds. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. At some point after it was first backed decades ago, it acquired some water staining in the bottom left corner, which rippled the linen in that area. It was recently removed from the old linen and re-backed, and during that re-backing, the restorer touched up the slight darkening on parts of the folds, and some faint smudges in the solid background areas. The poster truly has had minor restoration and displays wonderfully, and will look incredible on the new owner's wall (and we hope it is in a museum or public place where lots of people can get to see it)!
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