Amazing original M1 combat helmet pictured on the theatrical poster for the Oscar-winning 1986 war film Platoon, measuring 11″ x 7.5″ x 9.5″, with the iconic camouflage-pattern helmet cover bearing assorted scuffs and rips and emblazoned on the left side in bold black felt tip: “When I die bury me upside down so the world can kiss my…” The helmet retains its original chinstraps, but the horizontal strap, ace playing card, and peace sign necklace are not included. The inside of the helmet is signed in silver ink by the poster photographer, David Spindel, who is perhaps best known for photographing John Lennon and Yoko Ono during Lennon's last recording sessions for Double Fantasy in 1980. Also included is an alternate ace playing card that was one of handful used for the photo shoot, and a massive color satin-finish 36 x 53.5 poster for the Oliver Stone film, which is signed in silver ink by Spindel. In fine condition.
Accompanied a press kit for Spindel, containing six signed photos, and a signed letter of provenance that shows Spindel holding the helmet; the letter reads, in part: "I, David M. Spindel, co-created the Poster for the Oscar Awards Winning Motion Picture Platoon that was premiered in 1986. This is the actual helmet that was used in creating the photo for the film's poster. The art director wrote the message on the helmet as I suggested to make sure it was visible for the photo shoot. This helmet wasn't used in the film. I have had this helmet for over 35 years." Platoon endures as one of the most important war movies of all time and is widely considered to be the magnum opus of Oliver Stone. At the 59th Academy Awards ceremony, Platoon took home four Oscars, including the night’s top honors in Best Director and Best Picture—a magnificent, museum-quality piece of cinema history with provenance backed directly by its photographer.
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