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    The Circus (United Artists, 1928). One Sheet (27" X 41"). "The Circus" is one of the Little Tramp's most poignant roles, as well as one of Charlie Chaplin's funniest silent movies, for which he won a special Oscar. It became the 7th highest grossing silent film in cinema history taking in more than $3.8 million in 1928. In the course of production, Chaplin's studio burned down this tragedy combined with a number of major personal issues that arose during production led to Chaplin's nervous breakdown (he spent time recovering in New York after about two-thirds of the film had been shot). Because of the problems with the film, not the film itself, it is the only one of his major feature films not mentioned in his autobiography. The film was a landmark in silent screen comedy and the poster is a significant piece of silent film history. The artwork for this poster was executed by the great Alvin "Hap" Hadley (1895-1976), one of the most admired illustration artists of this period. The poster had a couple of small holes in the upper blue field near the vertical foldline and one in the upper right corner, as well as some minor chipping from the center crossfold (near Chaplin's nose) and within the border. These issue were all expertly addressed in restoration and the poster now appears near mint! Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2007
    20th-21st Friday-Saturday
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