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Talking Heads 77 (Original tour poster for the band's first UK tour in 1977) by Talking Heads

New York: Sire Records, 1977. Vintage UK tour poster for "Talking Heads 77," promoting Talking Heads' first tour outside US borders in-you guessed it-1977. Any vintage posters from the first year of the band's existence are uncommon; this is one we have …

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The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover (Original screenplay for the 1989 film) by Peter Greenaway (director, screenwriter); Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer, Alan Howard (starring)

The Hague: Allarts, 1988. Draft script for the 1988 film. Director Peter Greenaway's most successful and also most controversial film, following an abusive gangster's sophisticated wife as she begins a doomed affair with a patron of her husband's high-…

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Diana Rigg in fashion promo shot for The Avengers (Original photograph) by Terry O'Neill (photographer); Jean Varon, John Bates (designers); Diana Rigg (subject)

N.p.: N.p., 1965. Vintage press photograph of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, the iconic female character in the classic British television series, "The Avengers." Here Rigg stands on a polar bear skin rug laid out near the shoreline of an unknown British local…

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Ocean's Eleven [11] [Oceans Eleven or And the Angels Sing] (Original screenplay for the 1960 film, Peter Lawford's copy) by Lewis Milestone (director); Charles Lederer, George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell (screenwriter); Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson (starring)

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1959. Draft script for the 1960 film "Ocean's Eleven," seen here as "Oceans Eleven or And the Angels Sing." Copy belonging to actor Peter Lawford, with his name on the front wrapper and his holograph annotations throughout. …

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In the Heat of the Night (Original screenplay for the 1967 film) by [African-American Interest] [Film scripts] Norman Jewison (director); John Ball (novel); Stirling Silliphant (screenwriter); Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant (starring)

Los Angeles: The Mirisch Corporation, 1966. Revised First Draft script for the 1967 film. Laid in is a Call Sheet from the production, dated Tuesday, November 29, 1966. Based on John Ball's 1965 novel. An African American police detective from Philadel…

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The Fly (Original screenplay for the 1958 film) by Vincent Price (starring); Kurt Neumann (director); James Clavell (screenwriter); David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Herbert Marshall (starring)

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958. Final script for the 1958 film. Based on a 1957 short story by George Langelaan, about a scientist who is transformed into a grotesque, human-fly hybrid after his experiments with a matter-transportation machin…

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Drunken Angel (Original screenplay for the 1948 film) by Akira Kurosawa (director, screenwriter); Keinosuke Uekusa (screenwriter); Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura (starring)

Tokyo: Toho Company, 1948. Draft script for the 1948 Japanese film. Text and titles in Japanese. The first of sixteen film collaborations between director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune. Kurosawa's seventh film saw him exploring the inter worki…

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Grapefruit (First Edition, inscribed at the Judson Church Gallery opening, 1966) by [Fluxus] Yoko Ono (author)

Tokyo: Wuntemaum Press, 1964. First Edition. First Edition. One of 500 copies printed, preceding the UK edition by four years. INSCRIBED by Yoko Ono on the first blank: "To Helen, / 1966, opening / Judson Church Gallery / NYC, NY / Yoko Ono." The author,…

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Metropolis (Original US herald for the 1927 film) by Fritz Lang (director); Thea von Harbou (screenplay, novel), Channing Pollock (adaptation)

Hollywood: Universum Film [UFA] / Paramount Pictures, 1927. Original advertising herald for the US release of the 1927 film, a shortened 115 minute version re-cut by American playwright Channing Pollock, who is credited on the herald. Interestingly, th…

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Jesus Christ Superstar (Vintage script for the 1977 Broadway stage musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music); Tim Rice (lyrics); William Daniel Grey (director, starring); Patrick Jude, Bobby Bondon, Barbara Niles (starring)

New York: Music Theatre International, 1977. Vintage script for the 1977 Broadway revival of the 1971 musical. Copy belonging to actor Lennie Del Duca, who played an unnamed apostle, with his name to the title page in holograph ink, and his holograph pen…

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[The Stockholm Catalogue] Published on the occasion of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm February to March 1968 [The Stockholm Catalog] (First Edition) by [Andy Warhol] Kasper Konig, Pontus Hulten, Olle Granath (editors)

Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1968. First Edition. First Edition. Copy belonging to Brenda Richardson, head curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art between 1970-1997, with her ownership name and "1968" annotated in ink on the inside front wrapper. Published …

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The Deputy (Archive of 26 scripts from the television Western series, 1959-1961 ) by Norman and Roland Kibbee Lear (creators); Henry Fonda, Allen Case (starring); Tay Garnett, Felix E. Feist, John Brahm, Reginal LeBorg, Sidney Lanfield (directors); Michael Kraike (producer)

Burbank, CA: National Broadcasting Company [NBC] / Top Gun Productions, 1961. Archive of 26 scripts from the early revisionist television Western, the working copies of producer Michael Kraike, consisting the second half of the first season (1959-1960) a…

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The Ghoul (First Edition) by Frank King

London: Geoffrey Bles, 1928. First Edition. First Edition. Rare in jacket. A pulp thriller about a criminal mastermind, known only as The Ghoul, who has plunged London into a crime wave. Basis for the 1933 film of the same name, directed by T. Hayes Hu…

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Straw Dogs [The Siege of Trencher's Farm] (Original screenplay for the 1971 film) by Sam Peckinpah (director, screenwriter); David Zelag Goodman (screenwriter); Gordon Williams (novel); Dustin Hoffman (starring)

Talent Associates/N.S.I. / ABC Pictures, 1970. Final Draft script for the 1971 film, here under the working title, and title of the source material, "The Siege of Trencher's Farm." Based on Gordon M. Williams's 1969 novel. Director Sam Peckinpah and sc…

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Stray Dog (Original screenplay for the 1949 film) by Akira Kurosawa (director, screenwriter); Ryuzo Kikushima (screenwriter); Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura (starring)

Tokyo: Film Art Association, 1949. First Draft script for the 1949 Japanese film noir. Holograph ink and pencil annotations on two leaves. Text in Japanese. Generally considered to be the greatest film noir made in Japan, and hugely influential on Amer…

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