The Hollywood Collection contains original photographs taken between the period of 1985-1995. It was a time when the last stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood still graced our screens, legendary names such as Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn. Since then, Grauman's (Mann's) Chinese Theatre has been significantly remodelled, losing much of its original charm, and in particular the neon dragons that once witnessed the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman kneeling to leave their impressions on the frontage. The Hollywood Bowl has similarly undergone a significant facelift. Its original iconic band shell, under which such stars as Bob Dylan, The Doors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland once performed, was completely replaced in 2003. The renowned Legends of Hollywood mural fell victim to the Northridge quake of 1994, and The Galaxy Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard closed its doors at the turn of the century.
Shot mostly on a professional 6x6 format camera, The Hollywood Collection captures those bygone days. It is a perfect addition to the collection of any movie enthusiast, or a classic piece of vintage memorabilia for that retro man or woman cave.
JOHN FORD – LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR
Framed Limited Edition Fine Art Print 12″x10"
This stunning Limited Edition hand-tinted Fine Art Print is a first generation copy taken from an original photograph presented to the publisher of this item in 1972 by John Ford himself. The personal link with the legendary director offers a very special provenance. Such items are exceedingly rare and seldom seen on the market.
Winner of 6 Academy Awards, and the director behind such classic movies as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath and The Searchers, John Ford remains one of the true icons of Motion Pictures.
STARS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
RARE PORTRAITS AVAILABLE AS FRAMED 8" x 6" PRINTS
HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA BLOG
Collecting movie memorabilia began for me as a childhood interest in the late 1960s, that rapidly became something of an obsession. At only twelve years old, I would take myself off on the 200 or so mile journey to London, where I would hurry through the sleazy streets of Soho and into Chinatown. My destination was a room above an oriental deli that was about the only source for purchasing movie memorabilia in my home country back then. So many years have passed, but I believe it was called Cinema Treasures, or something like.
It was fifty years ago this year that perhaps the most significant moment in the history of movie memorabilia took place. The location was the backlot of the MGM Studios, and the event was the auctioning of the entire contents of seven sound stages. Among the thousands of items for sale were several pairs of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, models of the rocketship from The Forbidden Planet, the Cowardly Lions costume, also from The Wizard of Oz, chariots from Ben Hur.
It is one of the oddities of the movie memorabilia world that some of the most valuable items to pass through the auction rooms do not belong to Oscar laden blockbusters or the most prominent of stars. Instead, they hail from a series of relatively low-budget movies made by Universal in the 1930s. Who could have forseen that a movie based on Mary Shelley’s tale about a deranged doctor, starring a relatively unknown English actor, would become the stuff of Hollywood legend.