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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 30

    Oliver Messel

    Price Realised  

    Oliver Messel
    Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 1946
    Five graphite and watercolour preliminary set designs, all signed by the artist in pencil, all approximately -- 14¾x10in. (37.5x25.5cm.), all in common mount in one frame, overall measurements of frame -- 59¼x21in. (150.5x53.25cm.)


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    The 1946 production of Sleeping Beauty marked the reopening of the Royal Opera House after the Second World War. The première performance was attended by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, the Prime Minister Clement Atlee and a host of other V.I.Ps. Margot Fonteyn danced Aurora to huge acclaim against the backdrop of the much praised sets designed by Oliver Messel.

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