Thursday 22 December 2022
Wednesday 21 December 2022
A Fistful of Dollars 6 sheet poster sells in Auction
I’d been keeping a close eye on this incredibly rare poster for the last couple of weeks, and it finally sold last night with a final price of just over $4,000. The A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS 6 sheet poster (size 81" x 81") dates from the first 1967 U.S. release. This poster combined all of the teaser designs and their taglines - "This short cigar belongs to the man with no name. This long gun belongs to the man with no name. This poncho belongs to the man with no name." and the final design and the introduction to Clint’s iconic character - “This man with no name is played by Clint Eastwood - A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind, it won’t be the last”
It’s a real stunner which combined all of the main elements from the United Artists publicity campaign. Below is an image of the original poster and below that a digitally restored version of the poster which I worked on - just for fun and to present it close to how it would have looked, fresh off the print back in 1967. I have removed the fold lines, the joins in the sheets, the watermark and magnets and some slight creasing to the bottom left of the first panel and finally balanced some of the colour and shading. An absolute beauty of a poster.
Saturday 17 December 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #33
Here’s a rather cool shot I discovered recently which features Clint with film producer and once head of Paramount Picture, Robert Evans. They are pictured here at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967 where they were attending Super Bowl 1. The Green Bay Packers won the game beating Kansas City Chiefs 35 -10. Clint began shooting his first American film Hang 'Em High on June 27th, 1967. A great shot!
Friday 16 December 2022
Wednesday 7 December 2022
Tuesday 6 December 2022
Rare Japanese The Good, The Bad and The Ugly LP
I’m constantly surprised by the number of variants that still surface when it comes to vinyl album sleeve designs.
I recently (purely by accident) stumbled across this lovely album.
Ennio Morricone and his Orchestra – 続 夕陽のガンマン The Good,The Bad And The Ugly, is a Japanese first edition from 1967 which came in a gatefold sleeve. It was released on United Artists Records – with the Cat No YS-965-UA, it was also a Stereo recording. It was manufactured and distributed by – Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Obviously this is a release that doesn’t surface very often, especially in any great condition - I did however find a sales history on it and discovered its average selling price is around £85, with the most expensive selling for £106.
Thursday 1 December 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #32
This month’s Photo Opportunity is something of an oddity. It features Clint with director Brian G. Hutton on location during the shooting of Kelly’s Heroes (1970). Clint is pictured hugging the actress Celia Kaye. Kaye had starred in Hutton’s first movie, the rarely seen Wild Seed which was made for Marlon Brando’s Pennebaker Productions and released through Universal some 5 years earlier in 1965. Kaye didn’t appear in too many other movies, but did marry director John Milius (co writer of Dirty Harry and Magnum Force) on February 26th, 1978. They had one child together and remained friends despite being divorced by 1987. As to why Kaye ended up on the shoot for Kelly’s Heroes, I’m afraid, is something of a mystery.