121 Camera negatives of Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Rita Hayworth, & Lupe Velez
Start Price:60,000.00 USD
Estimated At:60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD
95,000.00USD+ (21,850.00) buyer's premium + taxes, fees, etc...
SOLD at 2011 Dec 15 @ 12:53UTC-8 : PST
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Extraordinary massive collection of (121) original 8 x 10 camera negatives of Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Rita Hayworth, and Lupe Velez - Unprecedented and quite likely unique massive archive of (121) first generation vintage nitrate and safety 8” x 10” portrait view-camera negatives of five of the greatest and most glamorous female stars from the golden age of Hollywood. Each actress is captured at the peak of her beauty and sensuality. These view-camera negatives are without question the most direct, essential, and pure connection to these subjects, because each of these sheets of film stock were in the camera at the moment the exposure was made, in the actual presence of these legendary women. Collection is comprised of: Louise Brooks (18); Clara Bow (43); Carole Lombard (49); Rita Hayworth (10); and Lupe Velez (1). Though a few show waving and slight chipping from age, and nearly all have neat pinholes in each corner, the condition overall is quite remarkable considering the age, and especially the substrate of the media. Almost certainly the finest and most comprehensive archive of its type extant, and represents the greatest opportunity to create the highest-quality prints possible.