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Classic movie collection up for sale

The world's largest collection of silent movies, including those starring Buster Keaton Noun 1. Buster Keaton - United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Joseph Francis Keaton, Keaton
, has been put up for sale with its vendors expecting interest from film enthusiasts, universities, picture archives and other media businesses.

The Rohauer Collection of 700 silent and classic films was amassed by Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  cinema owner Raymond Rohauer over three decades. The library of films, still photos and other movie ephemera e·phem·er·a  
A plural of ephemeron.

Noun, pl

items designed to last only for a short time, such as programmes or posters

Noun 1.
 was bought in 1995 by film industry veteran Gary Dartnall and turned into a company called Douris.

But Douris went into administration last March and now administrators Deloitte are setting up licensing deals for the films as well as looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 buyers for the entire collection.

"We will license things if those deals look attractive and we would sell the whole thing were there to be attractive offers. Hopefully we will shortly embark on a formal campaign to market it," said Paul Holden from the administration team.

Deloitte today announced $500,000 distribution deals for the French market covering 21 films from the collection, including Sudden Fear, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Flying Dutchman

sea captain condemned to sail unceasingly because he had invoked the Devil’s aid in a storm. [Maritime legend: Brewer Dictionary]

See : Curse

Flying Dutchman

Rohauer became a custodian bailee (custodian) n. a person with whom some article is left, usually pursuant to a contract (called a "contract of bailment"), who is responsible for the safe return of the article to the owner when the contract is fulfilled.  of Keaton's work when his occasional collecting of films in the 60s turned into a lucrative passion.

"It became an obsession and he made a lot of money out of it. He sought to secure Buster Keaton's entire collection and was almost successful," said Holden.

Deloitte believes the collection still holds significant appeal to the specialist film industry.

It sees potential buyers among those looking for steady income streams from licensing deals to the DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
 in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc

Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology.
, TV and video-on-demand industries as well as from film festival royalties. It also believes the collection could catch the eye of academics or a film enthusiast.

"The people behind these films are absolute heroes to some. They really got the whole film business going," says Holden.
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