||French 44" x 53"
||Fine on linen
|Notes: Released in 1927, Wings is one of the most important films in movie history and not just because it won the first ever Best Picture Oscar. Wings also set new standards for technical excellence with its extraordinary aerial dogfight sequences and changed the way films were made forever. This particular poster is unbelievably rare and the only larger format original 1927 poster that I have ever seen or heard of for this landmark film. While lobby cards and window cards do appear every few years and several US 1 sheets have surfaced (Heritage have sold two for £50,000+), I have been unable to find evidence of any larger format posters ever coming to the market. This one is from France (the scene of the action in the film) and, although the lower credits have been lost and the outer white borders replaced, the main artwork of the RAF fighter plane is in excellent condition with little wear, minimal retouching and no fading. It was printed using a stone litho rather than offset litho press which gives more vivid colours (offset litho presses took over in the 1930's because they were faster and more accurate). Quite possibly a unique opportunity.