Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 221

Price Realized: $ 6,480
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
A VERY RARE POSTER (FILM.) PICKETT, BILL. Bull-Dogger. Movie poster, 25- 1/2x39- 1/2 inches, faint creases where folded; linen-backed. Np: Norman Films, 1923

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A superb example of a very rare black movie poster. Bill Pickett was a genuine cowboy, and wild west star, and considered the "father" of bulldogging, the art of biting the tender part of a steer''s lip and wrestling it to the ground, a technique he picked up by watching his dog Spike herding cattle. "Nicknamed the ''Dusky Demon'', Pickett hired Will Rogers and Tom Mix as his rodeo assistants in 1908 during their early years at the famous Miller Brothers 101 Ranch in Oklahoma." In 1921, at the age of 59, Pickett made the first of two movies, "The Crimson Skull," for Norman Films where he appeared in a skeleton costume, and in 1923, where Pickett was the "Bull-Dogger." See Separate Cinema, by Ed Mapp and John Kisch, page 2 (full-page illustration) and page 4.