Valentino, which you most likely already know, was included in the Hollywood royalty of the 1920's. Fans not only adored him, his fellow actors did as well. I enjoy finding these photos of Valentino pictured with other celebrates of the day. These photos include him with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Mae Murray, William S. Hart, and John Barrymore,
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This is a vibrant, colorful Lobby Card from the 1922 film, The Young Rajah. Most of the collectibles from this film contain rich, exotic colors. This film was not a huge financial success, in this case, there was less promotional material available. This film was lost for years, a partial copy was found and was pieced together along with movie stills. Memorabilia from lost films tend to create a higher value. Most people alive today has never seen any of these lost films, thus the only way to visually re-create it is from stills and various posters and lobby cards. This is a wonderful example of a sought after lobby card. Still looking for this one myself!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This is a fantastic, rare, over-sized piece of sheet music from the 1924 film, Monsieur Beaucaire. The sheet music is from France. I had never seen this variation until now. Another great item uncovered, 90 years after the film was released! As I have stated in the past, sheet music is one of my favorite collectibles, next to books. They are vintage, fairly reasonably priced, and easy to frame and display. This particular piece is one of those rare variations that is not often seen!
This is another wonderful example of a vintage overseas magazine depicting Valentino on the cover. The magazine is dated October 1926. After Valentino's death in August of 1926, he graced the cover of every magazine and newspaper for months after. This particular magazine depicts an artist's rendition of Valentino from the 1921 film, The Sheik. I really enjoy these unique covers from outside of The United States.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Sorry for the hiatus. Life seems to be busy as ever. I hope everyone had a great Holiday and a wonderful New Year. Hopefully, your friends or family were able to find you a few Valentino items for the Holidays that were not previously a part of your collection. I was fortunate enough to receive a bevy of overseas items, which I will post soon. One of my favorites was an over-sized piece of French sheet music from Monsieur Beaucaire, I had never seen the piece before now, it is fantastic! I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year. The below photo is a great candid of Valentino with Consuelo Flowerton, she co-starred with Valentino in the 1921 film, Camille. More to come....
Friday, October 4, 2013
This is a great newspaper advertisement for the 1922 film, Beyond the Rocks, starring Gloria Swanson, and of course Valentino. Many of these ads were found in newspapers and magazines. As I have stated in previous posts, these are fantastic collectibles, they are reasonably priced and often depict unique artwork from the film. This is another great example of one of those ads.
This is a magazine/supplement called Mid Week Pictorial, "News of the World in Pictures." This was published weekly by the New York Times. Valentino graced the cover of this publication numerous times. This is a fantastic partial profile pic of Valentino. This is a unique magazine that would need to be added to any collection.
Monday, September 30, 2013
There areso many promotional photos from Valentino's last film from 1926, The Son of the Sheik. Many of the basic stock photos of Valentino are from this film. I have included some of the more common photos along with a few you do not see too often. One, is a fantastic side profile photo, that I just recently came across.
This is a unique poster from the 1925 film, The Eagle. I am unsure of it's origins, along with what country it is from, or for that matter if it was actually used to promote the film. It has a bit of an abstract feel to it. It is possible it was used for a film festival, or it simply could just be an artful interpretation. If anyone has any information, feel free to contact me. I simply wanted to share it and add another piece to the list of various collectibles out there!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This is a advertisement for the 1930's/40's re-release of The Son of the Sheik. This ad shows costs for purchasing the film. 16 MM with sound $300, 16MM Silent $150, 8MM Silent $75. This was distributed by Nu-Art Films Inc. The film is tagged as "Sensational Revival by Popular Demand!" A unique advertisement piece.
Friday, August 23, 2013
87 years ago today, Rudolph Valentino passed away in a New York hospital. He was in New York promoting his latest film, The Son of the Sheik. This film would go on to be a great success, quite possibly due to the fact that it was his last film. Valentino was hospitalized while in New York, many speculated it was a promotional ploy to draw attention to Valentino and his new film. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Valentino passed away at 12:10 on the afternoon of the 23rd at the age of 31. The outcry from fellow actors and especially fans would spread worldwide. Remember Valentino today, I will leave you with a one of his poems from Daydreams: "Powerless" When I see a look of sadness, In the eyes of You, Thoughts of grief akin to madness Surge my being through. Am I then so weak and helpless, That I can not send Even shadowings of sorrows To their deserved end.
Friday, August 9, 2013
This is another great example of a French Magazine called Cine Revue. This magazine produced some great, dramatic covers depicting Valentino. This particular one features Valentino from the 1922 film, The Young Rajah. Yet another great example of 1920's magazine with Valentino on the cover.
Ok, so I am a sucker for Books and Sheet Music. This is a rare piece from the 1925 film, Cobra. The sheet music has dates on the bottom, Thursday July 1st. There was a Thursday July 1st in 1926, so I guess it's possible this movie theater did not screen them film until then. Regardless, I think it's a uncommon piece, most likely not overly valuable; however, I am on the look out for.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
This is a rare example of a movie tie-in book signed by Valentino. The book is Monsieur Beaucaire, which was made into a film Valentino made in 1924. The inscription reads: Cordially Yours, Rudolph Valentino, Strand Theatre, August 16, 1924. I assume this was obtained by a fan or possibly the theater owner. Valentino may have been there promoting the film. This is a fantastic example of Valentino's signature along with an inscription. This would be a fairly valuable piece.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This is a lobby card from the 1922 film, Beyond the Rocks, starring Valentino and Gloria Swanson. Original Valentino Lobby Cards are very sought after, most are very valuable. This particular card is fairly rare and is not often seen. I believe the value of this card is greater than most also due to the fact that it is Swanson and Valentino, Swanson was one, if not the biggest co-star in all of Valentino's films. Hence this card duel star-power collect-ability. This would look great hanging from my Valentino wall....if there were space left.
Here are 5 photos from 1922 film, The Young Rajah. These are great photos from a film that was lost for decades. The version we have today is only a partial copy, with various scenes still missing. Many of these photos are not seen too often. There is one photo I found courtesy of Frau Wulf.
Monday, May 27, 2013
I came across this poster on a rare Swedish Movie Poster site. One of our readers, Karena tells me it's in Russian and I have to agree with her. This is a poster from the 1922 film, Blood and Sand. This poster appears to be all hand done and does not have information for Paramount Studios. If this is a poster that was all hand done for a theater showing, it would be an interesting find. I would think it would be difficult to attach a value to it since it is not a mass produced item. I find it to be a wonderful piece!
This is a over-sized paperback book from 1927. The book is in Italian and is titled Rodolfo Valentino by Ivan Pissilenko. The bottom right side of the cover reads: Life Loves. I would be curious to find out the contents of the book. I wonder what the Italian take on Valentino was, just a year after his death. Overall, this is a great early example of a rare Valentino biography that is not often seen, especially in the U.S.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This is a magazine or more like a newspaper booklet called Girl's Cinema. Valentino was often on the cover of this magazine. This one is dated September of 1925. The cover reads: Rudolph Valentino's Latest Picture, The Story of "A Sainted Devil" Inside. A Sainted Devil was released in November of 1924. So, it surprising this made the cover almost a year later. Two months after this magazine was published The Eagle and Cobra was released. This is not an extremely valuable magazine; however, the fact it is A Sainted Devil item helps increase the value.
This is a wonderful Italian edition of The Son of the Sheik, or Il Figlio Dello Sceicco. I first saw a photo of this posted on Instagram. After a little searching I found it on ABE, which is a great place to find books. This is an awesome edition of the photoplay with a dust cover that depicts Valentino from The Son of the Sheik. This is another example of an overseas item with different artwork than the American edition.