Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Paradise Lost Original Concept Painting by Peter Ellenshaw (c. 1983). A striking image from the hand of famed matte painter and special effects artist, Peter Ellenshaw (1913 – 2007). Paradise Lost, the epic poem by John Milton has always been intriguing to filmmakers. In 1983 Peter Ellenshaw and his son, special effects artist, Harrison Ellenshaw traveled to England to present these concept paintings to Stanley Kubrick. Peter had created matte paintings for Kubrick's Spartacus in 1960 and they had stayed in contact for many years. With the beginnings of digital filmmaking and CG heralded by Tron in 1982, the Ellenshaw's felt that a visionary like Kubrick would be perfect for Paradise Lost. But, sadly, after much discussion the project was eventually dropped. Offered in this lot is one of those rare concept paintings. The piece measures 30" x 20", rendered on Masonite and signed by the artist. Condition is Very Good with some normal edge wear.

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    23rd Monday
    Auction Dates
    11th-13th Friday-Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    34 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 17
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.
    Track Item