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1950 The Three Stooges Hugs And Mugs Complete Lobby Card Set (4)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,440
Complete set of all four lobby cards from the 1950 Three Stooges short Hugs And Mugs. (The studios normally issued only four lobby cards for shorts and lower-budget films instead of the standard eight.) This was the twenty-fifth Three Stooges film to feature Shemp Howard, who joined the group after his brother Curly suffered a stroke in 1946. All Three Stooges lobby cards are rare, even those dating from the later years (1947 to 1956). Interestingly, we have seen fewer Stooges lobby cards at auction from that later period than we have from the 1934-1946 span. Other than Robert Edward Auctions' unprecedented current offering of Three Stooges movie posters (this is the third and final installment), we have never seen any other Three Stooges complete lobby-card sets offered at auction, and it is likely that few other complete sets exist outside of our consignor's world-class collection. All of the cards (14 x 11 inches) remain in their original state, with no restoration, and display light handling wear. The title card displays two small vertical edge tears along the base, moderate creasing along the left border and corners, a few tiny areas of light discoloration, and two pencil marks in the right border. Two pieces of brown tape have been affixed to the reverse, one of which is in repair to the tears along the base. A number of large numerical notations in pencil (two are crossed out) appear on the reverse as well. The title card is in Very Good condition, while the three scene cards are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 4 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440
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