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  199. James Dean “Premier Artist” award statuette for East of Eden. (Warner Bros., 1955) Vintage original 3 x 8 in. bronze statuette modeled after the marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike titled, “Winged Victory of Samothrace” mounted on a 3 in. square black marble base with brass plaque on front reading, “James Dean, Premier Artiste, East of Eden”. Presented to Dean in a ceremony at Warner Bros. Studio for his performance in East of Eden. Selection was made by an International poll of readers of the French LM magazine Cinematographie Francaise. Our research indicates that this would have been the only acting award Dean ever received while he was alive. Presented shortly before Dean’s death during the filming of Giant. Exhibiting expected antique greening patina, some pitting to nameplate and weighing 3.5 lbs. In vintage good to very good condition. $10,000 - $15,000
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