Auction house Heritage Auctions has recently hosted some incredible original artwork by artist Frank McCarthy for Where Eagles Dare. The 6 pieces come from the collection of our good friend, David Frangioni, author of Clint Eastwood: ICON (Here)
With each concept painting for Where Eagles Dare, artist Frank McCarthy was getting closer to the idea that would be finally used on the films one sheet. On these original paintings, the style of the cable car was significantly altered to match that of the one in the actual poster. Richard Burton is still the only star shown; however, both Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure would be added later, on top of and leaning out of the cable car with machine guns blazing. The Nazi soldiers are still falling to their deaths and the Castle in the background is still exploding. These incredible action packed pieces of concept art shows virtually no signs of handling or usage. This painting is on a flexible mylar or acetate and are in near mint condition.
Like most collectors, David is reluctant to part with any of his collection, however as David explained to me ‘space’ is that all too familiar enemy. David is also selling some other incredible Eastwood collectables – so be sure to check them out HERE
Above: This wonderful piece was used on the international promotional posters primarily as the background as seen on the International title card. This piece has two photographic elements in the cable car and the castle, and it looks as though the original painting was expanded with attached panels at the top and on both sides to include a larger background.
Above: Amid the twisting cables of the tram and the falling debris of the destroyed castle, Richard Burton leaps to the safety of the only cable car still operable. This incredible concept painting for Where Eagles Dare by Frank McCarthy captures the highlight of the movies daring escape.
For full details and dimensions please visit Heritage Auctions HERE