An original 1931 poster for Frankenstein set a world record as the most valuable insert movie poster ever sold at auction when it realized $262,900 at Heritage Auctions July 27-28. The sale provided a monster payday for the collector who bought the 14 by 36 inch poster as a teenager for only a few dollars at a local antique store and later kept it in the closet for over 30 years. The Movie Posters Signature® Auction sold more than $1.86+ million in movie posters and related movie memorabilia.
Fantasy adventure movie posters remain popular with collectors as a rare half sheet and partial pressbook for The Wizard of Oz, itself featuring promotional pieces and posters never before seen at auction, fetched $71,700. A massive six sheet movie poster from the 1938 Errol Flynn classic Robin Hood, spanning 81 inches square, realized $41,825. Posters on the film are highly desirable but few are rarer than a six sheet, which is the only example known to exist.
Three pre-war one sheet movie posters saw competitive bidding as a rare poster from Citizen Kane sold for $38,837, a poster for The Thin Man, brought $35,850, and one from the 1933 classic Gold Diggers of 1933, fetched for $31,070. A rare complete door panel set from the 1960 film Ocean’s 11, each measuring 20 inches by 60 inches and featuring panels of main characters, realized $21,510.
Leading a selection of rare Three Stooges movie posters was a rare one sheet for the 1938 classic Mutts to You, which realized $26,680. A poster for Playing the Ponies, sold for $26,290, and a title lobby card for the short Hoi Polloi, sold for $10,157, as did a title lobby card for Stooges’ Cash and Carry. www.ha.com