Spanish Bullfighting Poster 1958 Featuring Antonio Ordoñez SOLD AP312

Plaza Tores de Castellon Poster dated 1958. Poster measures 96″ tall x 44″.

Antonio Ordóñez Araujo (February 16, 1932 – December 19, 1998) was one of the most legendary bullfighters of his time.

Born Antonio Ordóñez Araujo in Ronda, Spain.  As a matador, Ordoñez came face to face with over 3000 bulls. He retired in 1971. He was honored with a monument at the gates of La Malagueta bullring in Málaga and his ashes lie beneath the “toril” gate, opened to allow the bull to enter, in the oldest bullring in the world, in his hometown of Ronda. His family owned the arena. There is a statue of him outside the arena.

Antonio Ordóñez and Ernest Hemingway, 1959 Malaga, Spain.
Ordóñez was married to Carmen Cristina González, and is the father of Belen Ordóñez and of Carmen Ordóñez, who married the matador Paquirri who was killed by a bull in 1985. His grandsons, by daughter Carmen, are bullfighters Francisco Rivera Ordóñez and Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez. Ordóñez met a number of writers and actors, and he also starred in a few films. Antonio was a long time friend with Ernest Hemingway, whom he called Father Ernesto. Hemingway wrote an account of Ordóñez’s rivalry with the matador Luis Miguel Dominguin (also Ordóñez’s brother-in-law) titled The Dangerous Summer. Ordóñez also befriended Hollywood movie star Orson Welles, whose ashes were buried on Ordóñez’s estate after Welles’s death. Ordóñez died in 1998.

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