Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Dreams For Sale, Pt. 2

The big selling items from the upcoming November 23rd Turner Classic Movies (aka TCM) and Bonhams Treasures From The Dream Factory auction are the ones from the 1941 Orson Welles classic, "Citizen Kane." This charcoal sketch depicts one of the opening shots from the movie. This second one shows Xanadu, the palatial home of Charles Foster Kane. The listing gives possible credit to Mario Larrinaga, who created the matte paintings used in the film.

Compare with a frame from the final film. Matte magic at its best!

Of course the real grabber from the auction is the Rosebud sled pictured below. Given to screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz at the end of filming, this is an incredible Holy Grail of movie history.

Estimated to sell at $100,000-200,000. I predict much more.

More nostalgia at my main website.


Major Pepperidge said...

While it's hard to say for sure, those Xanadu drawings sure look like Mario Larrinaga's. He also did amazing drawing for "King Kong".

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K. Martinez said...

Love the Xanadu drawings. As for the Rosebud sled, let us know when you win the auction, Dave.

Anonymous said...

Dave, time to get out your checkbook for Rosebud! :)