James Stewart Collectibles And Memorabilia

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James Stewart Collectibles And Memorabilia

James Stewart Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the Hollywood actor James Stewart.

Brief history/biography

James "Jimmy" Stewart was born on May 20th, 1908 and died on July 2nd, 1997.

Throughout his lengthy career James Stewart was nominated for five different Academy Awards and received one Lifetime Achievement Award. He was best known for his work in the western film genre thanks to collaborations with director Anthony Mann.

Some of the most notable films of James Stewart's career include It's a Wonderful Life (1946), How the West Was Won (1962), Carbine Williams (1952), Vertigo (1958), Rear Window (1954), Rope (1948), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

Stewart was enlisted in the Army in March of 1941 and was the first "major" American movie star to wear a military uniform during World War II. He was also a Vietnam War veteran, and received a rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Because of his contribution not only to the film industry but also to his country during World War II, Stewart was awarded with numerous types of film industry awards, honorary degrees, military and civilian medals.

Types of memorabilia

Clothing/costumes

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold James Stewart's suede leather trapper tunic pants and hat from How the West Was Won for $17,000 in June of 2011, and his suit from Carbine Williams for $4,500 in June of 2011.

Sotheby's in New York sold James Stewart's pants from How the West Was Won for $2,689 in December of 2002.

High Noon Western Americana Auctions sold Stewart's two-piece seersucker suit from Cheyenne Autumn for $3,000 in January of 2008.

Posters

The Last Moving Picture Co. in Kirtland, Ohio sold an It's a Wonderful Life movie poster for $9,000 in November of 2006, another It's a Wonderful Life movie poster for $7,200 in March of 2008, another poster of the same movie for $6,200 in March of 2008, a Vertigo movie poster for $4,000 in November of 2007, and another Vertigo movie poster for $3,750 in March of 2008.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold an It's a Wonderful Life movie poster for $11,000 in November of 2008, and a Vertigo movie poster for $6,500 in November of 2008.

Photographs

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a set of 160 photographs of James Stewart while he was filming Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for $7,500 in December of 2008.

Documents

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold one of James Stewart's handwritten letters (circa 1979) for $4,750 in October of 2011.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that references some of Stewart's most notable and popular films such as It's a Wonderful Life, How the West Was Won, Vertigo, etc. is considered to be the most valuable and rare among collectors. Movie posters that were distributed in the early 1940s are considered to be the most rare.

Restoration of an authentic movie poster which features James Stewart on the cover as well as one of James Stewart's costumes and/or clothing is not recommended.

 

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