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    Cleopatra (Paramount, 1934). Leader Press One Sheet and Press Proofs (2) (27" X 41").
    Long before Elizabeth Taylor seduced Richard Burton as the Queen of Egypt, Claudette Colbert thrilled movie audiences as history's most alluring ruler. Colbert was at the height of her fame in 1934; she also appeared in Imitation of Life and It Happened One Night - for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award - in addition to this landmark picture. Director Cecil B. DeMille's penchant for grandeur and spectacle is on full display in this lavish production, one of the most elaborate films of its time. Offered here is a rare lot indeed. The one sheet is one of the famous Leader Press posters printed by a company in Oklahoma City. Leader was an independent poster manufacturer who made posters for studio released product and sold them to theater owners at reduced prices. Understandably, the print run for these posters was normally much smaller than the standard studio one sheet run, and they are, consequently, far rarer. In addition to the stunning deco one sheet, which showed some evidence of fold wear, we are also pleased to offer two printer's proofs, one showcasing the red, yellow, and blue plates, the other, the black plate. The color and black plates would be combined in the printing process to make the final poster. Proofs like this are rarely seen, and provide an intriguing insight into the art of silkscreen poster production. Both proof pieces had fold wear; the color plate also had some edge wear and some paper loss in the top vertical fold, but expert professional restoration has addressed all of these issues, rendering these slight flaws virtually invisible. Rarer than rare, the winner of this lot also acquires significant bragging rights! Very Fine- on Linen.


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