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    Andre Durenceau - Dinosaur Illustration Original Art (undated). In a preliminary sketch for a piece seen at the 1939 New York World's Fair, hunters armed with rifles take a shot at a dinosaur, in a tense scene that could have come straight from "King Kong". Vignettes of cave people surround the main scene. The ink and watercolor on board illustration, in Excellent condition, has an image area of 10" x 8.5". While a resident of Los Angeles in the early 1930s, Durenceau painted a mural of Samson and Delilah in the Leimert Theater and also worked in the art department of Technicolor Studios. A mural commission took him to New York City in 1933. His murals decorated the outside of the Metals Building at the World's Fair in New York, 1939-1940. Andre died in Tampa, Florida in March, 1985. A copy of a portion of a New York Journal and American article on Durenceau from January 1, 1939 accompanies this lot. From the collection of Richard and Wendy Pini. Richard says: "While the first World's Fair I ever went to -- the 1964 one in New York -- was a thrilling experience, it's the 1939 version that I think of when the words "World's Fair" are spoken. It simply carries an aura about it that will never be matched. I found these charming watercolor miniatures in an out of the way antiques shop, along with an old newspaper article telling how Durenceau had designed the great murals for the Metals Building in the 1939 World's Fair. It was like being able, briefly, to visit that long-ago time."

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2005
    9th-10th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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