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 Post subject: Designs for Ben-Hur
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:26 am 
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During a showing of Soylent Green on the TCM Channel earlier tonight, I became aware of an auction that TCM will curate on November 25th: http://www.tcm.com/bonhams/

Host Robert Osborne and his guest mentioned the minor items related to Soylent Green (marketing items like wafers, a can) which will be in auction. But, when I looked up the auction details on the website - http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/##MR0_page=19&MR0_length=10&MR0_category=list&MR0_currency=USD&m0=0, I found that there will be important lots related to Ben-Hur.
Starting with Lot 183: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/183/
A background title design made for Ben-Hur
Image US$ 400 - 600 // £250 - 370

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Oil on illustration board, matted. Created by Pacific Title & Art Studio for the epic film but not screen used, though a very similar map is shown on screen at the beginning of the film with the place names in Latin.

This item features a map of the region where the film takes place, with labels including "Jerusalem," "Bethabara," "Hebron," "Nazareth," and "Tyrus," and symbols of buildings. A richly-colored and textured illustration.
Overall: 24 x 34 1/2 in.; Within mat: 10 x 28 1/2 in.

Lot 184: A production design for a Roman galley from Ben-Hur http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/184/
Image US$ 800 - 1,200 // £500 - 750

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Gouache and ink on an Ozalid copy, laid down to board, inscribed in pencil, "S. 0361 / 44. Est. Seconda Galea Romana." A study showing the details and color scheme planned for one of the Roman ships. 15 3/4 x 16 in.

Lot 185: A scene study for Ben-Hur http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/185/
Image US$ 400 - 600 // £250 - 370

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Gouache on artist's board, inscribed at upper right "60," and at lower right, "Set #11- Sc. #301 / Subterranean Corr." and signed indistinguishably. An vivid image depicting Roman soldiers and pages in a tunnel, possibly the prison where Miriam and Tirzah were held. 17 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.

Lot 188: A scene study for the Hippodrome in Ben-Hur http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/188/
Image US$ 800 - 1,200 // £500 - 750

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Gouache and ink on an Ozalid copy, laid down to artist's board, depicting one of the enormous gladiator statues towering over a group of people in the Hippodrome, the scene of the iconic chariot race.
11 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.

Lot 189: An Ernest Tonk scene study for Ben Hur http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/189/
Image US$ 1,000 - 1,500 // £620 - 930

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Gouache on illustration board, signed ("Ernest Tonk") at lower right, inscribed on the verso, "MGM/Ben Hur," matted and framed. Depicting a Roman soldier riding into town on his chariot, with a group of Arabs and camels at right. Tonk, a well-known California artist of Western scenes and landscapes, also worked for MGM and Universal rendering action scenes. Overall: 29 x 14 3/4 in.; Within mat: 23 x 9 in.

Lot 190: A production design for Judah Ben-Hur's chariot from Ben-Hur http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21427/lot/190/
Image US$ 2,000 - 3,000 // £1,200 - 1,900

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Ink and gouache on illustration board, inscribed in ink at the top "11/11/57," depicting a horse and a Roman chariot, with the caption, "Juda." Charlton Heston starred in William Wyler's epic as Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who is imprisoned by his childhood friend the Roman leader Messala, and takes revenge in the famous chariot race. The film won 11 Academy Awards®, and was the costliest film ever produced at that time. 26 x 13 in.

btw, if you go to the actual webpages where these items are listed, you can enlarge/zoom-in on the items and see much more detail that way.


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