• Short Summary

    ORIGINAL COSTUMES FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS DIAGHILEV BALLET OF PARIS WERE WORN ON THE STAGE AT THE SCALA THEATRE, IN LONDON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING A SALE OF ABOUT 200 COSTUMES AND DROP CURTAINS ORGANISED BY SOTHEBY'S.

  • Description

    ORIGINAL COSTUMES FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS DIAGHILEV BALLET OF PARIS WERE WORN ON THE STAGE AT THE SCALA THEATRE, IN LONDON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING A SALE OF ABOUT 200 COSTUMES AND DROP CURTAINS ORGANISED BY SOTHEBY'S. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SALE WAS A PABLO PICASSO-DESIGNED DROP CURTAIN, WHICH FETCHED GBP69,000.

    SEVERAL DANCERS MADE FAMOUS BY DIAGHILEV WERE PRESENT AT THE SALE TO SEE AGAIN -- POSSIBLY FOR THE LAST TIME -- THE COSTUMES IN WHICH THEY DANCED WHEN YOUNG. PROCEEDS OF THE SALE WILL GO TO THE DIAGHILEV AND DE BASIL BALLETS FOUNDATION TO AID THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ART AND PERFORMANCE OF CLASSICAL RUSSIAN BALLET.

    THE THREE-DAY SERIES OF SALES IS UNIQUE IN SOTHEBY'S 224-YEAR HISTORY. ALTHOUGH THE COSTUMES AND CURTAINS HAVE BEEN STORED IN A PARIS WAREHOUSE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, THEIR COLOURS AND TEXTURES ARE STILL EXCELLENT. THE SALE WAS ARRANGED FOR SOTHEBY'S BY ITS EXPERT IN THE IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS DEPARTMENT, MR. THILO VON WATZDORF, A RELATIVE OF PRINCE BERNHARD OF THE NETHERLANDS.

    THE PICASSO-DESIGNED DROP CURTAIN WAS ACTUALLY PAINTED BY DIAGHILEV'S MOST TALENTED SCENERY-PAINTER, PRINCE SCHERVACHIDZE, AND PICASSO WAS SO PLEASES WITH IT THAT THE AUTOGRAPHED THE CURTAIN DEDICATION OF IT TO DIAGHILEV. THE CURTAIN WAS USED IN THE BALLET "LE TRAIN BLEU".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAA38GEO23J5UELL6NEHFEWR8A
    Media URN:
    VLVAAA38GEO23J5UELL6NEHFEWR8A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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