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Le Mans Poster

Though the 1971 film "Le Mans" is chiefly for motor racing &/or Steve McQueen aficionados, the Quad poster for the film has a much broader appeal, being one of the more obviously iconic poster images from 20th century cinema. Illustrated by the American artist Tom Jung, the composition is sparse but arresting; McQueen taking centre-stage & acknowledging the applause from the crowd. The red, white & blue colour scheme resonates with the colours of the "Stars & Stripes" American flag & conveniently (for a Quad poster), relates to the Union Jack too.

 

Tom Jung was both a skilful poster artist himself ("Papillon", "The Empire Strikes Back" etc) & a prolific designer, his prototype concepts often being illustrated by other leading American artists (ie, the 1969 re-release of "Gone With The Wind" - by Terpning). In terms of Jung artwork used for Quad posters, however, "Le Mans" is probably the single most collectable title.


The poster has three areas of slight damage a) the 1 1/2" tear & old tape stain to right hand rim, b) the slight yellowing/wear to the bottom vertical fold-line left hand side & c) faint "foxing". There is writing to the reverse but this does not show through. The poster could be displayed, as is, or restored but in un-restored condition, there are no surprises here. The poster has been priced in accordance with condition. For an idea of relative value, a restored & linen-backed poster is offered (at the time of listing) elsewhere for £5,000.



Price: £1775.00

Film Category: Motor / Aviation
Director: Lee Katzin
Actor / Actresses: Steve McQueen, Elga Anderson
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Tom Jung
Condition: Good
Year: 1971
Reference: 59113



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