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Over 400 original artwork and prominent Hollywood memorabilia including props, posters, lobby cards and life-size figures from the archive-library collection of a Mumbai-based entity will go under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles next month. "Hollywood: Property from the Osianama Archives" will hit the auction block at Julien's on March 8 and live online. A significant part of the Hollywood category of the Osianama Archives will be available for auction for the first time in history in a never-seen-before event, a statement read. From a life-size "Terminator 3" screen figure to the monstrous Alien Queen's maquette from "Aliens" to a gigantic T-rex dinosaur figure from "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", the Osianama Archives feature iconic production pieces, props and posters from the greatest and most influential films of all time. Some of the prestigious original artworks representing nearly 100 years of classic Hollywood films by poster design masters Al Hirschfeld, Saul Bass, Alberto Vargas, Jean Mascii, Boris Grinsson, Reynold Brown, Albert Kallis, Tom Jung, Waldemar Swierzy, Andy Warhol and many more will be offered. The posters will range from the legendary silent films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the German Expressionism of Fritz Lang, Erich von Stroheim, F W Murnau, Josef von Sternberg and Ernst Lubitsch to the screen goddesses Greta Garbo, Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn. The posters will also feature other legends such as Clark Gable, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Stanley Kubrick, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood and more. In addition, some of Osianama's historic lobby cards, purchased as part of the Leonard Schrader Collection, will join the auction. Late filmmaker and screenwriter Schrader's preservation of thousands of rare vintage lobby cards and other related pieces, spanning the silent film era to Hollywood's Golden Age, are considered the sole surviving remnants of many long-lost films. The Osianama Archives is an archive-library-collection of world cinema, built and housed by Osian's, a leading arts and cultural institution and auction house, founded in 2000 by Neville Tuli. "Julien's Auctions is thrilled to offer the Osianama Archives, the finest and most comprehensive collection of film memorabilia and artwork of the last century," Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions said, "These rare and highly valued objects have served as a landmark for cinema as an art form and cultural reference and is certain to dazzle and delight any serious film memorabilia collector keen to own these pieces of Hollywood movie making history," he said. According to Tuli, chairman of Osian's Group, "After building the Hollywood Collection for over 20 years, selling a slice of it is naturally sad." "However, we hope that many of the world's leading public and private international collectors get a chance to strengthen their foci with these rare and unique artworks," he said.
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