Clem Hall ”Rosemary’s Baby“ Drawing, ca. 1968

Value (2011) | $1,000 Auction$1,500 Auction
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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. It was being tossed out in the garbage when I came by with a tour, cause 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 actually-

GUEST:
Very true.

APPRAISER:
Some very famous artists… ah, Vargas – the really famous pinup girl artist – he used to do set design drawing. Some really well known artists used to work in the studios, and I think this kind of shows a… a loose atmosphere piece which is exactly what he was creating this for was so all of his other department employees…

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
…could get a sense of what he was going for in the film.

GUEST:
Exactly.

APPRAISER:
And the film, let’s be honest, is really creepy. That’s the whole mood of the movie. And the figure here – kind of with the – the hooded figure putting her arm around her…

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
…and she obviously looks kinda scared, this perfectly actually encapsulates what that movie felt like in a very quick and loose drawing. Which to him, was garbage when he was finished. Since that time, there actually is a really well developed market for original concept art.

GUEST:
Ah!

APPRAISER:
Most of the pieces we’ve seen though are more set design drawings or storyboards and things like this. My colleagues and I have never seen anything specifically like this. We feel, at auction, you could put at least $1,000-$1,500 dollars on it—

GUEST:
Ah!

APPRAISER:
--so who knows what would really happen, cause we’ve never seen them like this, but…

GUEST:
Yeah, wow! I’m glad I saved it.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, I’m glad you did too.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
The Collector's Lab
Los Angeles, CA
Appraised value (2011)
$1,000 Auction$1,500 Auction
Event
Eugene, OR (June 04, 2011)
Period
20th Century
Form
Drawing, Sketch
Material
Paper

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