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    Gone With the Wind (MGM, 1939). Original Costume Sketch (18" X 23"). The wardrobe department produced 450 costume sketches, of which 377 were made by Walter Plunkett, known in Hollywood for his authority on period costumes. Seamstresses worked feverishly to complete 2,868 costumes, not including 1,230 Confederate uniforms for what has become the most well-known historical drama ever produced by Hollywood. This gorgeous water color sketch was done for the production by Plunkett himself prior to the production and and is signed by him. The costume seen depicted here is the "Widow's Weeds" dress worn by Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) when Rhett Butler(Clark Gable) brings her the green "Paris Hat." The original sample of black fabric is fraying, but still attached in the upper left corner. There is a typed piece of paper attached below the sketch which reads Scarlett- "*****loveliest bonnet****dark green taffeta, lined with watered silk of a pale jade color. The ribbons that tied under the chin were as wide as her hand and they too were pale green. And, curled about the brim of this confection were the perkiest of green ostrich plumes** p.242. On the reverse side Is a "Selznick International Pictures" blue rubber stamp imprint approx 3" X 5.5" and has written in red pencil "Scarlett, Picture No. 29-9, Change No. 5." See the detailed photo of the reverse side. The illustration board had succumbed to water damage in the lower two to three inches, barely extending up to the typewritten clip. On either side of the board the water has risen up to 4.5 to 5". The board is physically sound and is not very fragile in any way. There is tanning and minor soiling with corner bumps. This board is assuredly the original Walter Plunkett rendering for this costume and have been authenticated to be the original sketches used on the 1939 production of "Gone With the Wind." The provenance of the sketches offered in this sale are known to have come from Atlanta where set and costume renderings were taken for the film premiere in 1939. These items were displayed in storefronts and at the theater where the film opened. They were left in Atlanta and were acquired some years later by the consignor of these historically significant items. Of the many renderings that Plunkett made for "Gone With the Wind" not many are known to have survived and of those fewer are known to be in private collections. This may be your only chance at owning what are sure to be a couple of the only unaccounted for costume sketches from perhaps the most famous film ever made. Fine condition.

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