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Rare Judy Garland Photos Offered For Sale
ALL THINGS OZ is both pleased and proud to announce its acquisition of rare photographs from the private collection of Judy Garland.
During Judy’s fifteen-year tenure at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she starred in over twenty-five films -- including, of course, such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Easter Parade. To promote her projects and her own superstardom, she was extensively photographed by the studio to produce materials to answer the demands of exhibitors, theater owners, magazine and newspaper editors/publishers, and those countless fans who wrote MGM for a picture of their favorite star. Metro also provided Judy with multiple copies of such photographs for her own personal use, so that she would have them on hand to sign for the admirers she met in person or from whom she heard at home or while traveling.
Nine years after her death in 1969, much of Judy’s estate was auctioned, and the majority of the extant items were thus dispersed around the globe. At (or soon after) that time, eight different MGM promotional images, which still existed in multiple copies in Judy's own "fan photo" supply, were provided to associates of a member of her family. The photographs, ranging in date from 1940-1944, demonstrate Judy’s transition from pretty girl-next-door to glamorous leading lady.
This extraordinary cache of beautifully-printed art now has been presented to ALL THINGS OZ as a means of present and future fund-raising. Naturally, a representative sampling will be maintained for permanent exhibition, but the remainder -- unseen and un-circulated in these classic, vintage reproductions for over three decades (and directly from Judy’s own collection) -- will be offered for sale to the public.
Each double-weight, matte photograph comes labeled on its reverse side with a “Judy” sticker created in 1978 at the time of the original auction and presented in a premium, archival-quality sleeve. Additionally, a letter attesting to the provenance of the photographs will be included with each purchase. There are eight different poses: two exist in a 4 x 5" format (@ $14.99 per photo); the remaining six are standard 8 x 10" size (@ $34.99 per photo).
The photographs, exquisitely developed in the early 1940’s, are from sittings with two of MGM’s most celebrated photographers, Clarence Sinclair Bull & Eric Carpenter. Six of the poses were taken c. May 1940 just before Judy’s 18th birthday while she was filming Strike Up the Band with Mickey Rooney. Another, by C.S. Bull, is from a session at the conclusion of filming for Presenting Lily Mars in November of 1943. The remaining pose features Garland just after shooting had wrapped for Meet Me in St. Louis.
A special gift set will be assembled and issued at $174.99. This includes one copy of each pose.
ALL THINGS OZ is both profoundly grateful and genuinely delighted to be able to provide these photographs as they were originally produced to be shared: to the world-wide Garland fan base. As noted, proceeds from the sale go exclusively to benefit the All Things Oz museum loated at 211 Genesee Street, Chittenango, NY, birthplace of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
For further information: www.oz-stravaganza.com or call 315-333-2286.
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