How Jean Cocteau influenced the bohemian art movement in Paris

Jean Cocteau, “Jeune Fille de Milly,” 1951, $75,276, Sept. 23, 2010.

During the golden years of Paris, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was the man who knew everyone and could do almost anything.

Nowadays, he’s probably best remembered by cinema buffs for such artful films as “The Blood of a Poet” (1930), “Beauty and the Beast” (1946) and “Orpheus” (1950), but Cocteau began his creative life as a poet and went on to write novels, critical essays, a scenario for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, memoirs and stage plays. He also dabbled in visual art. Read More +

Three Stooges poster for ‘The Three Little Beers’ brings $59,750

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A very rare poster depicting The Three Stooges in Three Little Beers (Columbia, 1935) brought $59,750 at a Nov. 18-19 vintage movie posters auction.

Many Stooge aficionados consider this short, “Three Little Beers,” to be one of the group’s best films and it’s also one of their earliest. One sheets from this period are the very hardest to find for the comedy trio and this is the only known copy of this poster. It is from the personal collection of Moe Howard and was acquired after his death from his daughter Joan Howard Maurer. Read More +

Sexy vintage art from Femme Fatales magazine up for bids

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A collection art and artifacts from the mid-20th century’s obsession with B-movies are some of the most unusual items Old Town Auctions has ever brought to auction. Its Nov. 18-20, 2011 sale features 200-250 lots from the collection of Bill George, the original editor of Femme Fatales magazine whose now-closed private museum in Baltimore was devoted to horror film and B-movie “scream queens.” Another featured collection consists of pressed-steel automotive toys amassed over many years. Read More +