• Vintage Film Posters and Film  auction at Christies

    Sale 5872

    Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia

    24 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 322

    Julie Harris Bette Davis Another Man's Poison, 1951

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    Julie Harris Bette Davis Another Man's Poison, 1951
    Two rare watercolour and ink costume sketches on tracing paper by award winning costume designer Julie Harris, for Bette Davis as Janet Frobisher in the Angel Productions' film Another Man's Poison, 1951; the first signed and inscribed by the artist 'One Man's Poison' Janet Nightdress in pink Chiffon Julie Harris with attached pink chiffon fabric swatch, additionally signed Bette Davis in pencil; the second signed and inscribed by the artist 'One Man's Poison' Janet grey wool dress with ribbed knitted collar & cuffs Julie Harris, with three fabric swatches attached, additionally signed Bette Davis in pencil; accompanied by a letter from the artist concerning the drawing's provenance -- both 91/2x14in. (24x36cm.) (2)


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    According to Harris' letter, all designs had to be sent to Bette Davis in Hollywood for approval, hence the actress' signature being present on both designs.
    Julie Harris won an Oscar for her designs for the film 'Darling', 1965 and subsequently designed costumes for the Beatles' films 'Help!' and 'A Hard Day's Night', James Bond movies 'Casino Royale' (1967) and 'Live and Let Die', amongst many others. The film 'Another Man's Poison', working title 'One Man's Poison', starred Bette Davis with her husband Gary Merrill, and was filmed in their own home, telling the story of potentially murderous relationships.

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