'SS Venture' steamship filming miniature from the original King Kong.

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'SS Venture' steamship filming miniature from the original King Kong.
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142. "SS Venture" steamship filming miniature from the original King Kong. (RKO, 1933) Original model miniature ship constructed of wood, metal, fiberglass, and cloth components finished and painted to appear as a full-size, weathered steamship. Finely detailed elements include railings, stairs, doors, windows, pipes, and chains. The bow of the ship features a miniature pulley and chain system. A large, 4-storied central main cabin and navigation room are set above deck, while the stern features a 2-story cabin. This is the filming miniature "SS Venture" that delivers "Carl Denham" (Robert Armstrong), his filming crew, and ingenue "Ann Darrow" (Fay Wray) to "Skull Island" where they encounter the "8th Wonder of the World" himself, "King Kong". An incredible example of the SPFX realism and craft that are hallmarks of the entire film. Measuring 41 x 20 x 154 in. The miniature has "Sybil Gray" painted on each side of the bow from subsequent use in The Navy Comes Through (RKO, 1942), where, as the freighter Sybil Gray, it was "bombed." As such, the ship is intentionally studio distressed to appear aged, battle-scarred, and sea-weathered. Exhibiting stair breakage, paint wear and chipping, tarnish and rust to metal components, with missing masts and other elements. Some professional restoration to pilothouse and upper decks. In vintage good to very good condition. This item is located in the Eastern United States and special shipping arrangements will apply. $40,000 - $60,000