Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Willis O'Brien Collection of Personal Behind the Scenes and General Life Photos (25) (circa 1912-1960s). Vintage original gelatin silver photographs on single and double-weight paper ranging in size from 3.5" x 3.5" to 8" x 10" from the earliest image of a young O'Brien roping a calf in a rodeo (1912), to his later years.

    Including candid images of O'Brien at work, animating, matte painting, directing and behind the scenes on productions. Highlights feature O'Brien creating a scenic painting from Gwangi, clowning around in the desert with wife Darlyne and friends (1937), animating early creatures, proudly holding his Oscar for Mighty Joe Young, three posthumous color snapshots of Ape stop-motion puppets, metal armatures, and one labeled on the verso, "Mighty Joe Young Without Fur" and more. Exhibiting expected age, wear and handling with two of the Gwangi production photos in only Fair condition. COA from Heritage Auctions. From the Personal Collection of Willis O’Brien.


    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    June
    28th Monday
    Auction Dates
    July
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    7 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 184
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through www.HA.com/Live. Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing Bid@HA.com or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 7 days before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.
    Track Item