|Title:||1963 Cleopatra publicity print|
|Description:||1963 publicity print for the movie Cleopatra. Painted by Howard Terpning. Howard Terpning original final-draft poster artwork for the 1963 Cleopatra. (TCF, 1963) Acrylic on 2-piece illustration board, approx. 29" x 44" and signed by Terpning in lower left. One of the most infamous film publicity paintings ever, for the movie that single-handedly changed the Hollywood studio system for all time. As one of three (equally) top-billed stars for Cleopatra, Rex Harrison was incensed to see the advance publicity art by Howard Terpning, especially a giant hand-painted billboard from his design, to depict only Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a revealing and romantic pose. If for no other reason, then the studio was certainly trading off the avalanche of press concerning Burton and Taylor's steaming and adulterous courtship. Harrison sued and Terpning was required by the studio to add Harrison into the design by enlarging and reworking his original painting, also forcing the studio to reprint all affected publicity material to correct this "oversight". Terpning has received numerous art-related awards, earning him a devoted following for his art outside of any Hollywood association. Routinely his paintings fetch several hundred thousand dollars at auction and two have broken the $1 million mark. An extraordinary and unique piece of Hollywood history.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the additional information, it was very helpful. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry is a printed reproduction of an original acrylic on board created by American artist and illustrator Howard Terpning (1927 - ) United States. Howard Terpning is noted for his unique movie poster illustrations and he is also well-known for his artworks based on the themes of western art and paintings of Native Americans, especially the Native Americans who lived in the American southwest. The artist was born in Illinois and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art. Early in his career, Terpning was active as a commercial artist in Chicago and New York. Illustrations by Terpning during these time periods appeared in "Time", "Reader's Digest" and "Newsweek", as well as many other timely periodicals. While in New York, Terpning also created illustrations for business corporations. During the 1960's and 1970's, Howard Terpning created powerful illustration art for major film studios such as 20th Century Fox, which produced the film "Cleopatra". Cleopatra debuted in 1963 and was a re-make of an earlier film starring Theda Bara. The last stage of Terpning's career is concentrated on his body of work based on western art. After 1974, the artist re-located to Arizona where he presently maintains his studio in Tucson. Terpning is a member of the National Academy of Western Art and the Cowboy Artists of America. Although the artwork submitted for inquiry is not signed by the artist, the artwork is a known and catalogued work that is definitely designated as created by Howard Terpning. There is no information regarding how many of the first draft prints were created for the film. Most of the printed pieces by Terpning sell for a few hundred dollars and occasionally a few thousand dollars. Because of the controversy regarding the three stars in the film, Taylor, Harrison and Burton, there may be more interest in the print that you possess to collectors of movie art and collectors who follow Elizabeth Taylor. Another plus is that the title and text are not a part of the print. The print was most likely produced by modern lithography process. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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