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Cecil B. DeMille's Film Francais "Grand Prix" Award for Samson and Delilah

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Cecil B. DeMille's Film Francais  Grand Prix  Award for Samson and Delilah

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Auction Date:2018 Jan 10 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Cecil B. DeMille's Film Francais "Grand Prix" award for his important 1949 film Samson and Delilah, comprising a bronze 'Winged Victory' statuette set upon a black polished 3.5? x 3.5? base, bearing an engraved plaque, "'Samson et Dalila,' Grand Prix, Film Francais 1951." The trophy measures an overall 5.5? x 8? x 4.5?, and weighs four pounds. The back of the base bears affixed labels from the Christie's sale of DeMille's estate. In fine condition. Provenance: The Estate of Cecil B. DeMille, lot 98, Christie's, October 18, 1988. Accompanied by photocopies of the original Christie's catalog listing.

DeMille produced and directed the classic biblical drama, which starred Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in the title roles of Samson and Delilah. Released in America on December 21, 1949, the film immediately earned wide acclaim for its lush Technicolor cinematography, impressive sets and costumes, and skilled performances. Of five Academy Award nominations, it won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. After being America's top moneymaker in 1950, the French release—'Samson et Dalila'—was number one at the box office in France the following year. A beautiful award from the collection of one of Hollywood's premier names.