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2z002 MALTESE FALCON 1sh '41 Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, John Huston film noir, ultra rare!

Date Sold 12/8/2016
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 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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Important Added Info: Note that this one-sheet is rarely offered for sale. We have only auctioned four examples over all our years of auctioning, and the last time was 14 years ago!

Note that all but 28 of the folded one-sheets in this Part I of's December Major Auction were consigned to us by legendary French dealer/collector Dominique Besson.

Dominique Besson started collecting movie posters in 1981, and became a dealer in French and European posters in 1994, and has remained as a top dealer ever since!

But in addition, 30 years ago, Dominique began collecting U.S. one-sheets, first those with Saul Bass art, and then adding Alfred Hitchcock posters, then Humphrey Bogart, and he finally ended up collecting in an amazing total of 47 different categories, purchasing the posters from all over the world!

Now the time has come to sell this wonderful collection, and Dominique has chosen to do so, through our auctions!

As noted above, all but 28 of the folded one-sheets in this Part I come from this more remarkable collection (the 28 that do not were consigned to us by other collectors, and are clearly marked).

This is not all of the Dominique Besson collection we are auctioning. In addition, there are approximately 200 more folded one-sheets that will be in Part IV of this special auction (ones from the 1970s to present), and there are approximately 100 unfolded one-sheets that will be in Part III (including many great ones).

This is a very rare opportunity to purchase folded one-sheets (all of which have had no professional restoration) from one of the greatest one-sheet collections assembled!

Note that this one-sheet is from the category that Dominique Besson collected on that he labeled "Humphrey Bogart".

Condition: very good. The poster had a 1/2" tear in the lower left border. Someone put a 3" piece of tape over that tear, extending into the green background. The tape yellowed and stained the area, and the tape is long gone. There is slight transfer from that stain in the upper left blank border (see our image). There is a tiny pinhole in Bogart's ear. There is a pinhole in the center of the top blank border and in the top right blank corner. There is a slightly enlarged pinhole in the top left background area and one in the background below the "R" of "STORY" in the tagline. There are two tiny pinholes in the background above the first "E" of "EXPLOSIVE". There are four pinholes in the lower left of the image, in Astor's dress, and two are slightly enlarged. There is one in the lower left blank border. There is tiny surface paper loss at the crossfolds and minor wear on small parts of the folds. The bottom blank border was folded back at one time (solely the blank area). I go into such detail on the condition defects of this poster because of its high value. Truly, they are almost all pretty minor. The poster could absolutely be displayed and enjoyed as it is, or one could choose to have the above defects corrected through linenbacking. Either way, the new owner will have one of the world's best movie posters to display on their wall!
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