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1937 The Three Stooges Playing The Ponies One-Sheet Linen-Backed Movie Poster

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $22,800

One-sheet movie poster issued for the 1937 Three Stooges short Playing The Ponies. Our research suggest this is one of only two known examples of this rare one-sheet. This was the Stooges" twenty-sixth short for Columbia and it involved the boys selling their restaurant for a washed-up racehorse named Thunderbolt. By accident, Curly feeds the horse pepperino snacks instead of peanuts, which causes Thunderbolt to race like the wind to the nearest water trough. With the help of the pepperinos, Thunderbolt wins his next race, leaving the boys in dough and the horse in peanuts. Three Stooges one-sheets dating from the team's "golden age" (1934-1947; those featuring Curly as part of the trio) are not only the most desirable of all paper from their films, but also the rarest. Prior to this extraordinary offering by REA (which is being conducted over a number of auctions), we have seen fewer than twenty different-titled Three Stooges one-sheets from this early era offered at public auction in the past fifteen years. To put that number in proper perspective, it should be noted that the Stooges starred in ninety-seven shorts during that fourteen-year period. The poster (26.5 x 41.5 inches) is linen-backed and has benefitted from minor restoration, including standard touchups to the fold lines, repair to a few small tears along the bottom border, and repair to a slightly larger tear along the top right border that extended into the last "S" in Stooges. Excellent to Mint in appearance.

SOLD FOR $22,800

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