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Charlton Heston Sandals, Gauntlets And Helmet From Ben-Hur

Charlton Heston sandals, gauntlets and helmet from Ben-Hur. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959. Comprising a helmet made of brown leather with tan leather piping, inscribed in the interior, “C. Heston; a pair of brown leather gauntlets, each with six gilt metal buckles, bearing a green hanging tag inscribed, “462 / Charlton / Heston”; and a pair of brown shoes which extend up the leg, each with five white metal buckles and Pirelli rubber heels.. Provenance: Profiles in History, Hollywood: A Collector’s Ransom, October 8, 1995, lot 204. Heston wears these accessories during the chariot race, one of the most important scenes in film history. Modeled on the sequence in the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, on which William Wyler worked as an assistant, the chariot race is the standout scene in the 1959 epic. Staged by master stuntman Yakima Canutt, the sequence took five weeks to film and required 7,000 extras. The set for the race, constructed at Rome’s Cinecittà, was five stories high and covered 18 acres, making it the largest set ever built at that time. Ben-Hur was a great critical and commercial success, and won eleven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Charlton Heston.

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