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Ben Hur

BEN HUR FILM. 1959 MGM American historical drama film epic directed by William Wyler. At the time the project had the largest budget ($15 million USD) and the largest sets built for any film ever. There was a staff of 100 wardrobe fabricators making the costumes and a workshop employing 200 workmen provided the hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film. Filming commenced on May 18th 1958 and wrapped on January 7th 1959, with shooting often lasting for 12-14 hours a day, six days a week. More than 200 camels and 2,500 horses were used in the shooting of the film, along with some 10,000 extras. The nine-minute chariot race has become one of cinema's most famous sequences. Following a $14 million USD marketing effort, Ben Hur premiered in New York on November 18th 1959. It was the fastest-grossing as well as the highest grossing film of 1959 (in the process becoming the second-highest grossing film in history at the time after Gone With The Wind). The winner of a then record 11 Academy Awards including ; Best Film / Best Director / Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor. This accomplishment that was not equaled until the 1997 film Titanic. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, to date taking over $150 million USD in worldwide receipts. In 1998, the AFI ranked it as the 2nd best American epic film ever made. A 100m USD big budget remake of Ben Hur directed by Timur Bekmambetov was released by Paramount & MGM on August 19th 2016 to generally poor reviews .....


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A very rare set of twelve original vintage autographs, (the majority) of the main cast members from the film on autograph book pages and programmes, all clearly signed in ink and ballpoints ; Charlton Heston d2008 (Judah Ben-Hur) / Jack Hawkins d1973 (Quintus Arrius) / Stephen Boyd d1977 (Messala) / George Relph d1960 (Tiberius Caesar) / Hugh Griffith d1980 (Sheik Ilderim) / Martha Scott d2003 (Miriam) / Sam Jaffe d1984 (Simonides) / Finlay Currie d1968 (Balthasar) / Terence Longdon d2011 (Drusus) / Andre Morrell d1978 (Sextus) / Cathy O'Donnell d1970 (Tirzah) and Haya Harareet (Esther).

Suitable for mounting and display with photographs we can supply. Contact me if you would like us to make up the display mount for you.

An extraordinary collection including many rare autographs in their own right. Most notably ; George Relph (who died aged 72 just five months after the film's release. It was his final film appearance) / Stephen Boyd (who died in 1977 aged just 45 following a heart attack) / Cathy O'Donnell who died aged 46 in 1970 from a celebral hemorrhage) and Israeli actress Haya Harareet who left the industry in 1964.


1) Charlton Heston on circa 1970s autograph book page. 2) Stephen Boyd in ballpoint on a cut card dedicated For Ann Best Wishes 3) Jack Hawkins in ink on circa 1950s autograph book page 4) Sam Jaffe in ballpoint on a dedicated card dated 24/6/1982 adding All the Best 5) Hugh Griffith (in ink best wishes) on the front cover of an original 1962 RSC programme from the Aldwych Theatre (He played a village scribe in The Caucasian Chalk Circle) 6) Terence Longdon in ink on a vintage autograph book page (he has added This is not me ! Best Wishes) as the little photo is not of him. 7) Finlay Currie on AP (dedicated To John). 8) Martha Scott in ink on card (my sincere best wishes). 9) Andre Morrell on a Theatre Royal Brighton programme for Background (dated 8th May 1950). 10) Cathy O'Donnell on a 1960s autograph book page. 11) George Relph on 1954 autograph book page). 12) Haya Harareet on circa 1970s autograph book page. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA 


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