The Barefoot Contessa (United Artists, 1954). Very Fine- o...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe Barefoot Contessa (United Artists, 1954). Very Fine- on Illustration Board. Original Mixed Media Artwork on Illustration Paper (25.5" X 38.5).
At the funeral of a Hollywood starlet, three of the men who knew her best reflect upon her influence on their lives, for good and ill. Ava Gardner was never more beautiful and vulnerable than in this moving film by writer/director Joseph Mankiewicz. He borrowed some of the elements in the story from real-life actresses including Jean Harlow and Rita Hayworth, and it was rumored that the film was actually written for Hayworth. Breathtaking with its sensuous lines and evocative expression, this gorgeous piece bears quite the resemblance to the image used in the picture's international advertising campaign, perhaps created as concept art for the final illustration. Making its Heritage debut, it shows mild edge wear, corner creases, small tears, and soft rippling. The paper is beginning to separate from the illustration board at the edges. Very Fine-.
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.
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