Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Terpning "Cleopatra" Original tops $125,000 at auction
When the original poster artwork by Howard Terpning for the 1963 epic "Cleopatra" was unveiled, star Rex Harrison was incensed that it only depicted two of the film's three top-billed stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - then the most famous couple in the world. Harrison sued, and 20th Century Fox had the artist add Harrison into his original painting. The estimates for the painting ranged from $60,000 - $80,000. It sold for $126,000.