Original large format color negative of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion mascot


Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] / United Artists, Circa 1980s. Vintage large format color negative, produced circa 1981, showing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's production logo, with the studio's longtime motto, "Ars Gratia Artis," replaced by the joint studio name "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United Artists."

From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler.

There have been eight different lions used for the MGM logo since its creation by designer Howard Dietz in 1924, beginning with Slats, a lion born at the Dublin Zoo in 1919.

United Artists was sold to Transamerica Corporation in 1967, who would sell the studio to Kirk Kerkorian (the then-current owner of MGM) in 1981. The MGM / UA mascot variant does not appear to have been widely used.

10 x 8 inches. Near Fine.

[Book #154257]