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    Ben-Hur Roman galley filming miniature. (MGM, 1925/1959) Vintage original model miniature Galley ship constructed from copper, aluminum, steel, cast resin and wood and measuring 68 x 49 x 245 in. Retaining prow embellishment details, wooden mast and rowing oars protruding from portholes. Originally created for Fred Niblo's 1925 Ben-Hur at great studio expense, used in the nautical scenes, and later repurposed for William Wyler's 1959 remake. Galleys like this were used leading up to and in the spectacular sea battle. At nearly a century old, this beautifully detailed and expertly studio finished model exhibits age, wear and some material loss. An example of Hollywood's finest miniature craft from one of history's most enduring stories and filmmaking's most epic achievements. In vintage good condition. This item is located in the Eastern United States and special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    September, 2019
    25th Wednesday
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