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Press Release - August 1, 2018
Bob Peak Star Trek IV Original Art Boosts Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Auction Above $1.6 MillionEmpire Strikes Back one sheet yields record return
Revered for his work that helped advance the design of modern movie posters, Peak's work is coveted by collectors. The 40-by-57-1/2-inch Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home by Bob Peak (Paramount, 1987) Framed Original Mixed Media Poster Artwork is on illustration board and mounted on foamcore and is signed by the artist.
"Bob Peak's work is very popular right now among movie posters collectors," Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. "He has designed posters for some of the most popular movies of all time, like My Fair Lady and Camelot, and then Star Trek, Apocalypse Now and several James Bond films. His extraordinary talent and his impact on the evolution of movie poster design has caught the attention of a lot of serious collectors."
A flurry of competitive bids pushed the final price for Regeneration (Norman, 1923) Three Sheet to more than three times its high pre-auction estimate when it sold for $40,800. A rarity sold for the first time through Heritage Auctions, this stone lithograph three sheet is culturally important, because it traces back to when Richard Norman, the film's producer and director, set up a studio catering to African-American audiences eager to see themselves reflected on the big screen.
A pair of posters from one of the most popular films of all time brought matching sale prices of $26,400. Offered for the first time ever at Heritage Auctions, three Casablanca (Warner Brothers, R-1953) Italian Photobustas soared to more than three times its high pre-auction estimate. Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1952). First Post-War Release German A1, painted by Hans Otto Wendt, drew the same final price. Equally rare, this poster also made its auction debut in the event.
One of the most actively-pursued posters in the auction was a The Empire Strikes Back (20th Century Fox, 1980) One Sheet, which sparked bids from 20 collectors before more than quadrupling its low pre-auction estimate when it sold for $26,400 – the most ever paid for a Star Wars concept poster. Considered to be one of the rarest posters of the Star Wars trilogy, this poster is one of just a handful known to have survived. It is unique in that it features the complete artwork by artist Roger Kastel, who is perhaps known best for creating the iconic JAWS poster, and also for using the original color palette for the second film in the trilogy. The poster features lead characters Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, as well as C3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca, but also includes images of Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, Cloud City and more.
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
· Superman Cartoon Stock (Paramount, 1941). One Sheet: $24,000
· Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1943). Swedish Insert: $22,800
· Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954). One Sheet: $19,200
· Help! (United Artists, 1965). Door Panel Set of 4: $19,200
· The New Adventures of Batman and Robin (Columbia, 1949). Six Sheet: $18,600
The next Heritage Auctions movie posters auction will be Nov. 17-18 in Dallas, Texas. The consignment deadline is Sept. 25.
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