Vertigo (1958)

Lot #842 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Alfred Hitchcock's Vista Vision Motion Picture Camera Serial NoMVV-6

Stock #127232

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This Vista Vision motion picture camera, Serial No. MVV-6, was the primary first unit camera from the production of Hitchcock's thriller classic Vertigo, and was used on several other Hollywood classics, including throughout filming on Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. Sold to Paramount Pictures in December 1954, the camera is directly linked to the production via documents housed in the Margaret Herrick Library's Hitchcock Collection. While several Vista Vision cameras were employed on Vertigo primarily as second unit cameras, this exact camera, known as MVV-6, was the one most frequently used under Hitchcock's direction during filming.

This lot comprises the camera body itself with body lift handles, magazine cavity caps, and an aluminum case, as well as a camera mat box with two rods and a wooden case labeled "MVV20", a crystal-controlled 30V motor with a pigtail cable and a power cable case. Also included are a top mount viewfinder, a Follow Focus Motor with a set of partial viewfinder mats from Vista Vision camera MVV3 and an aluminum finder AKS case for MVVHS2, a vintage 2000" magazine pair aluminum case, a new 2000" magazine pair wooden case, a 1000" "air" magazine pair, a Vista Vision geared head with its own unfitted case, a Blimp MVV-21 sunshade and lens port window cap, an 85mm Summarex f1.5 lens affixed to a Vista Vision Master Mount, a reinforced steel Todd-AO stomp-up tripod, and 22 printed copies of camera reports from its use on various films.

Due to its age and employment, the lot exhibits various signs of use throughout, including bent hand wheels on the geared head and scuffing to several of the components, but it remains in good overall condition. This item ships from the East Coast of the U.S., and arrangements should be made with Prop Store directly. Dimensions (largest): 48" x 48" x 38" (122 cm x 122 cm x 96.5 cm); (smallest): 15" x 12" x 10" (38.25 cm x 31 cm x 25.5 cm)

Contains electronics; see electronics notice in the Buyer's Guide

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Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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