THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH
THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH
THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH
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THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:10,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

THE SHEIK/LE CHEIK (1921), POSTER, FRENCH

Artist: Bidam 


Unframed: 197 x 197 cm (77½ x 77½ in.)


This silent romantic film stars Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres. Valentino was a 1920s sex symbol and was known in Hollywood as the 'Latin Lover.' His early death at only 31 caused a frenzy amongst his fans. The film was produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation who were one of the main producers of films in the silent era, and would go on to become Paramount Pictures Corporation.


This poster is a very important piece of film history as it was Rudolph Valentino's most famous role, and one of the legendary silent-era titles, as well as being the only known surviving example. It is understood that when it was first shown in cinemas women fainted in the aisles. To-date no other poster on this film is known to have surfaced.



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Condition Report

Linen-backed.  Very good condition with the colours remaining very bright. Restoration to folds and cross-folds, and several areas of paper loss in the background, which do not affect the main artwork.


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Online bidding closed21 Mar 2019 | 05:55 PM GMT