Movie Star News
The Largest Collection of Hollywood Photography in existence to be sold at auction
Auction: April 6th & 7th, 2013
Day 1: The Bettie Page Collection (April 6th)
Session I: Lots 1-599 beginning at 12 Noon. Session II: Lots 600-999 beginning at 6:00PM
Day 2: The Movie Star News Collection (April 7th)
Session I: Lots 1000-1999 beginning at 12 Noon.
Preview: Friday, April 5, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday, April 6, 10:00AM - Sale Time
Sunday, April 7, 11:00AM - Sale Time
Online Bidding: www.liveauctioneers.com. Click here for April 6th Bettie Page Auction,
Click here for April 7th Movie Star News Auction.
Location: The Arader Galleries
1016 Madison Avenue (between 78th & 79th St.)
New York, NY 10021
Guernsey's has announced that it will be conducting a series of auctions presenting the astounding Movie Star News Collection. Believed to be the largest and most comprehensive assemblage of material of its type in the world, the Collection contains approximately 3,000,000 (three million!) photographs plus hundreds of thousands of negatives tracing the history of the movies. With over 5,000 different actors and actresses, and over 11,500 movie titles, the Collection has often been referred to simply as "mind boggling!" The first event in the auction series is anticipated to be held around the New Year.
In 1939, Irving Klaw opened a candy store in lower Manhattan. As a photographer himself, he soon discovered that there was a great demand for movie “stills” from legions of adoring fans. Quickly striking a deal with the movie studios then operating in New York City, Irving soon “cornered the market” in movie photography. In time, he came to represent the Hollywood studios as well, receiving the original negatives from which prints were made for newspapers, magazines and the wildly enthusiastic public. Operating since 1980 at its West 18th Street address, the Collection has become very much a New York City tradition.
Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman and Charlie Chaplin represent just a tiny sampling of the featured figures who played in such movie classics as King Kong, Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, Frankenstein, The Godfather and The Wizard of Oz. To give a sense of the quantity of material that will be sold, the Marilyn Monroe file contains more than 600 photographs of Marilyn, many of which may be the only known examples of such images. And then, of course, are the negatives from which future prints can be created.
Guernsey's has just begun the enormous task of dividing the Collection into categories that fans around the world will no doubt find compelling. For example, there will auction sessions devoted to such genres of films as science fiction, horror and Westerns.
It should be noted that in addition to amassing the Movie Star News Collection, Irving Klaw was also credited for creating the world of pin-up photography. He discovered, and extensively photographed, Bettie Page who came to be known as the "Queen of Pin-Ups." The Bettie Page Collection - consisting of photographs, negatives (more than 5,000!), her clothing and other props - will be included as a segment of this unprecedented event.
Following is a small sampling of the significant items to be sold: