Clem Hall "Rosemary's Baby" Drawing, ca. 1968
Appraised Value: $1,000 - $1,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:01)
GUEST: This is a mood piece that Clem Hall, who was the head of scenic art design and production at Paramount Pictures in the 1960s and '70s, designed for the movie Rosemary's Baby. And apparently he would make a drawing or a painting like this for every movie he worked on, then he'd... to get the mood established, and then he'd throw them away. So it was being tossed out in the garbage when I came by with a tour, because I was the only tour guide at Paramount at the time, and I asked him if I could have it. He said, "Sure", signed it for me, sprayed it and said, "It's yours," and that was it.
APPRAISER: I don't think most people understand how talented some of the artists who worked in the studios were.
GUEST: Very true.
APPRAISER: Some very famous artists, Vargas, the really famous pin-up girl artist, he used to do set design drawings. Some really well-known artists used to work in the studios, and I think this kind of shows a loose atmospheric piece, which is exactly what he was creating this for, so all his other department employees could get a sense for what he was going for in that film. This film, let's be honest, is really creepy. That's the whole mood of the movie. And the figure here-- kind of with the hooded figure putting an arm around her, and she obviously looks kind of scared-- this perfectly, actually, encapsulates what that movie felt like, and a very quick and loose drawing. So again, it shows the talent of these guys to be able to just whip something out, which to him was garbage when he was finished, because it was just something for work, and you obviously saw the artistry in it. Since that time, actually, is a really well-developed market for original concept art. Most of the pieces we've seen, though, are more set design drawings or storyboards and things like this. This is kind of unique. My colleagues and I have never seen anything specifically like this. The way it fits into the concept art market, we feel at auction you'd put at least $1,000 to $1,500 on it. So who knows what would really happen, because we've never seen one like this.
GUEST: Wow, I'm glad I saved it.
APPRAISER: I'm glad you did too. (laughs)
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