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    Edgar G. Ulmer's Signed Sketch of Helen of Troy for Loves of Three Queens. Only once in his very long career did Edgar Ulmer walk off a project. The film in question was Loves of Three Queens (1954), produced in Italy as a feature film and also conceived as a potential television series. Ulmer bailed after star Hedy Lamarr took over and made outrageous demands. The entire mess ran three hours, and the result was a box office disaster. Ulmer -- who privately referred to Hedy Lamarr as "the Evil One" -- felt fortunate to have escaped the debacle. Included here is a pre-production sketch of Helen of Troy, signed by Ulmer in the lower left corner. The sketch measures 10.5" x 13" and is matted in a 15" x 19" frame. The picture has some light creases and several minor stain marks, one touching area of signature; otherwise, it is Fine condition. The sketch decorated the various Ulmer homes for years and is a fine testament to the man's many talents -- and assorted professional misadventures. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp. Accompanied by an LOA from Arianne Ulmer Cipes. Requires third party shipping.

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    Only once in his very long career did Edgar Ulmer walk off a project. The film in question was Loves of Three Queens (1954), produced in Italy as a feature film and also conceived as a potential television series. Ulmer bailed after star Hedy Lamarr took over (her new husband had virtually given her the production as a gift), made outrageous demands (e.g., ordering zippers placed in the beautifully designed period costumes), and even jealously ordered 16-year old Arianne Ulmer off the set one day when photographers took an interest in the teenager. Marc Allegret replaced Ulmer, and Ms. Lamarr played Helen of Troy, Empress Josephine, and Genevieve de Brabant. The entire mess ran three hours, and the result was a box office disaster. Ulmer -- who privately referred to Hedy Lamarr as "the Evil One" -- felt fortunate to have escaped the debacle.

    This lot presents Ulmer's pre-production signed sketch of Helen of Troy -- the "face that launched a thousand ships" -- rather vainly posed on profile, hair down her neck and over her shoulder, arms spread, and wearing a magnificent robe. Ulmer has signed the sketch in the lower left corner. Sketch measures 10.5" x 13" and is matted in a 15" x 19" frame; picture has some light creases and several minor stain marks, one touching area of signature. In Good to Very Good condition. The sketch decorated the various Ulmer homes for years and is a fine testament to the man's many talents -- and assorted professional misadventures. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp.



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    February, 2011
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