Juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's "The Lig...
The glimpses of Hollywood's golden age were among the first items to go under the hammer at Profiles in History's two-day Icons of Hollywood sale in California, which began on Thursday morning (15Dec11).
Camera negatives of Bankhead, Garbo and Norma Shearer, which were expected to fetch $300 (£187), sold for more than 10 times that figure, while shots of Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Loretta Young taken by legendary photographers Ernest Bachrach and Clarence Sinclair Bull went under the hammer for $2,250 (£1,400).
Other early big hitters included camera negatives of Gina Lollobrigida taken by John Engstead, which sold for almost seven times their expected price; a rare signed Jean Harlow photograph, which more than doubled its asking price at $4,250 (£2,650), and an autographed Ronald Reagan self-portrait, which went under the hammer at $9,225 (£5,760).
The biggest auction items, including a collection of clothing and memorabilia from The Wizard of Oz and Cleopatra, will hit the auction block on Friday (16Dec11).
Edited "Five Guns West", Roger Corman's directorial debut; first of many collaborations with producer-director Corman
Juvenile player turned film editor who retained his celebrity in his native New Zealand long after the end of his Hollywood acting career. Sinclair's feature credits include William Wellman's "The Light That Failed", "Tower of London" (both 1939), Alexander Korda's "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) and Raoul Walsh's "Desperate Journey" (1942). He also appeared in a series of children's adventure films featuring the Five Little Peppers (1939-40)<p>In 1955 Sinclair began a long and fruitful collaboration with producer-director Roger Corman which led to a busy career in low-budget independent filmmaking. Sinclair edited Corman's directorial debut, "Five Guns West" (1955), and went on to work on at least a dozen of his films including "Machine Gun Kelly" (1958), "The Intruder" (1962), "The Premature Burial" (1962), "The Raven" (1963) and "The Trip" (1967). He also edited a number of films by another low-rent auteur with big ideas, Bert I. Gordon: "The Amazing Colossal Man", "Invasion of the Saucer Men" (both 1957), "War of the Colossal Beast", "Attack of the Puppet People", and "The Spider" (all 1958).<p>This was guerrilla filmmaking for the drive-in teen market. The product was high concept, low-budget, and usually shot in a couple of weeks. A substantial portion of the footage shot for these economical marvels was doubtlessly saved through Sinclair's adept editing. He made a brief return to acting in "The Big Catch" (1969), a British children's film.