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Press Release - April 23, 2014
Gilda One Sheet Brings $77,675 In Heritage’s $2+ Million Movie Poster Auction
Dracula three sheet soars to $71,700 March 22-23 in Dallas
DALLAS — A one sheet movie poster for Columbia's 1946 classic Gilda, graced with a sultry and irrepressible Rita Hayworth, took top lot honors for $77,675 in Heritage Auctions' Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction. The $2 million auction presented March 22-23 in Dallas offered collectors a bevy of fresh-to-market rarities, such as a massive three sheet poster for Universal's 1947 reissue of the Dracula which sold for $77,700.
"This was an especially strong and competitive atmosphere for some exceptionally rare and desirable posters," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. "We couldn't be happier with the results and feel confident both our buyers and consignors will be very pleased."
Examples from cinema's finest films saw intense interest with 10 bidders driving a 1942 Casablanca half sheet to $71,700, and a visually stunning French double grande for King Kong, RKO's 1933 classic monster flick, ending at $56,762. A climactic and impressive one sheet for Cimarron, winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1931, more than doubled its pre-auction estimate to sell for $50,787.
New discoveries include artist Mike Bryan's original poster artwork for RoboCop. The 1987 dystopian sci-fi drama sold for $47,800 in its auction debut. Bryan's original poster artwork for the 1986 film Platoon sold for $21,510. A one sheet for Another Fine Mess, an elusive survivor from the 1930 Laurel and Hardy comedy sold for $43,318. A rare daybill poster from the Australian release of The Jazz Singer, likely the only example known to exist from the 1927 history-making film that launched the revolution of talking pictures, saw interest from five bidders before selling for $28,680.
A half sheet for the Son of Frankenstein, featuring images of horror movie mainstays Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, ended at $40,331 to lead a special selection of high-grade monster posters. A three sheet for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, a scarce example of the largest poster ever made for the 1958 film, sold for $33,460, more than three times its pre-auction estimate. A stunning art deco tribute to the mighty Kong, a French Grande Style B poster for King Kong featuring artwork by Rene Peron, hammered for $25,095, and a one sheet for Creature from the Black Lagoon soared to $17,327.
Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:
A selection of 15 rare Japanese travel posters promoting rail travel throughout the country sold for a combined $24,061 and featured a rare and stunning 1930s Summer at Miho Peninsula poster for the Nagoya Rail Agency, which realized $4,182.
A collection of rare posters discovered hidden above a garage in Troy, Ohio, sold for a combined $20,309, led by a one sheet for the 1918 silent film The Temple of Dusk, starring Sessue Hayakawa, which realized $4,780.
A lot of 114 photos from Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, director Benjamin Christensen's 1922 haunting study of the supernatural, sold for $18,522.
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