This is one of my favorite lobby cards from Blood and Sand. It is a very colorful card that features Valentino and co-star Nita Naldi. The card depicts one of my favorite scenes from the film where she seduces him by playing the harp. Many of the desirable lobby cards seem to be more scarce. Most are already in collections out there, that is, for the ones that have survived over the past 90 years, which is how old this film is. Lobby cards such as this can be quite valuable, even though they are a fraction of the cost of an original poster which can easily bring five figures.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
These are five photos from the 1924 film, "Monsieur Beaucaire." Not one of the most popular Valentino films out there; however, there are some fantastic collectible items and photos from the film. Some of these are not found to often.
Friday, January 13, 2012
This is a great newspaper clipping, advertising The Eagle. It is from the re-release, because it states modernized with music and sound. I like the three photos of Valentino in the ad showcasing him in three different costumes / scenes from the film. These clippings are a great, reasonable way to get your collection started, they also look great framed if you room on your wall, which of course I do not!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This is a magazine from 1925 depicting Valentino from the film, "Cobra." The magazine is called Carteles, which translate to Posters. These magazines are not too common. I do know that Valentino appeared on the cover of this publication various times. This is not an overly valuable magazine, but you still have to add it to the collection.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
This is a colorful, vibrant, classic movie poster depicting Gloria Swanson and Valentino from the film, "Beyond the Rocks." This is a rare, and hard to find poster from the 1922 film. There are so many different variations of posters that exists for each film. It is amazing just how many of them I have never seen before, including this one. I also find it interesting the poster has Henry Clive's signature on the bottom, the same artist who was responsible for the Canco Tins, one of The Sheik posters and many other items as well. This is truly a fantastic piece.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
These are two fantastic photos depicting The Strand theater when The Sheik was playing. There is an original movie poster in the framed stand out front along with various lobby cards, window cards and etc. I am unable to see if the all the items are from The Sheik or not, I just find it to be a fascinating photo. The second one depicts a fan or theater worker dressed in his best Sheik garb posing by the poster, I would guess a fan; but, who knows. I really find these photos to be fantastic, you just do not see these types of photos around too often.
I found this photo on an auction house website a while back. These are various busts and possibly wall hangings that had been auctioned off...I always miss these things. Side note, I cannot tell you how many times I have gone into an antique mall or old country collectibles store where I inquire about any Valentino items and they proceed to tell me they had this or that and just recently sold it, oh well, I digress. This is a wonderful collection depicting Valentino from The Four Horsemen, The Son of the Sheik, and possibly The Sheik. Some appear to have been mass produced while other could have been privately made. If anyone has any further information, please let me know. I believe this lot sold for a fairly substantial amount. If they are truly vintage I would believe them to be fairly valuable.