A King Kong large archive of photographs

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Lot 27
A King Kong large archive of photographs

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A King Kong large archive of photographs
RKO, 1933. Comprising approximately 268 silver gelatin photographs, the majority of which are 8 x 10 in., 11 of which are signed ("Fay Wray") and/or inscribed by her to Stanley Simon, one signed ("Bruce Cabot"), and one inscribed, "To / Chamberlain Brown / best wishes / Robert Armstrong"; and 24 smaller photos (5 x 7 in. and smaller). Approximately 63 of the photos appear to have been printed later or are restrikes. Many of the photos have RKO stamps, photographer Ernest Bachrach stamps, date stamps, handwriting from the period, and other information on the reverse. This rare and comprehensive archive which was curated by collector Stanley Simon for over 50 years features photos of behind-the-scenes filming; publicity portraits of Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong, and others; scene stills; candids on the set; photos of directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, as well as cast and crew; and much more. Though the film has been remade a number of times, the original King Kong directed by Cooper and Schoedsack is still considered without parallel. This "beauty and the beast" tale stars Wray as the long-suffering heroine who captures Kong's fancy, and Cabot as the hero. Chief technician Willis O'Brien was joined by technical artists Mario Larrinaga and Byron Crabbe to create spectacular and frightening effects which had hitherto been unseen by film audiences. The stills taken by RKO's longtime photographer extraordinaire, Ernest Bachrach, are works of art in themselves and perfectly capture Kong's devastating destruction. A private archive of this magnitude is extremely rare and reveals the remarkable production values and artistry behind one of Hollywood's greatest treasures.
8 x 10 in. and smaller
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A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
A King Kong large archive of photographs
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