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1943 The Three Stooges Phony Express One-Sheet Linen-Backed Movie Poster
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,851
One-sheet movie poster issued for the 1943 Three Stooges short Phony Express. The plot involves the Stooges in the Old West, where they are mistaken for marshals, which leads to a chase for stolen bank money. 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 will be 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 (27 x 41 inches) is linen-backed, during which process there was minor restoration to a few slight tears along the fold lines, a small tear along the base, and two tack holes (one each on the top and bottom borders, respectively). In addition to the standard folds, there is an additional horizontal fold along the top. Excellent to Mint in appearance. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851
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