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    Leo the MGM Lion (MGM, 1928). Three Sheet (41.5" X 77.5").
    While technically not a movie poster, it's actually a personal appearance poster as it features MGM's Leo the Lion who appears at the beginning of each and every MGM film. Volney Phifer was one of MGM's most active animal trainers and he alone trained the first Leo and continued throughout the thirties, forties and fifties. This poster and several other promotional posters included in this auction are from Mr. Phifer's estate. He would tour the country advertising his "live" exhibit of Leo and other MGM animal stars. We can only imagine how rare this poster is as it was probably only distributed to theatres within the MGM circuit and were thereafter destroyed. The poster also features the studios primary roster of talent including Lon Chaney, Greta Garbo, Ramon Navarro, Tim McCoy and many others. The poster is a beautiful stone litho and has had extremely minor color touch up to a few of the fold lines. Very Fine+ on Linen.


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