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Press Release - October 31, 2016
Rare Casablanca, Freaks and Boris Karloff Selections Open Heritage Auctions Vintage Movie Poster SaleNearly 1,000 lots of high-end posters including unique Facebook office motivational posters offered Nov. 19-20
"The number of striking posters is in the hundreds and few top the eye appeal of the Casablanca Italian 2 Fogli," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage. "This is only the second time we've offered this poster, and I've been hunting for another for decades. This will make for a shining gem among any collection."
Featuring an image so striking that the presence of the Casablanca title is nearly superfluous, artist Luigi Martinati provides one of the most stunning illustrations ever printed for this Michael Curtiz masterpiece. The exceptional illustration palpably exudes all of the drama, tension (no comma) and romance from one of cinema's greatest love stories.
"Due to its negative portrayal of people with physical handicaps, the film received so much bad press and created such ill will that MGM was forced to withdraw the release from circulation and suffered a loss of approximately $164,000 in Depression-era money," Smith said.
A group of posters depicting the various roles of Boris Karloff, the king of 20th-century horror ranges from a rare, art deco-inspired British Three Sheet for The Ghoul (est. $30,000) to a Title Lobby Card for Son of Frankenstein (est. $6,000).
Additional posters for horror classics include a One Sheet for 20th Century Fox's 1939 hit The Hound of the Baskervilles (est. $15,000); a First Post-War Release Italian 4-Fogli for The Wolf Man (est. $10,000); two separate Lobby Cards for the 1920 thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (est. $8,000); and a marvelous 1954 One Sheet for Creature from the Black Lagoon (est. $7,000).
An unusual collection of motivational posters directly from the offices of social networking site Facebook makes its auction debut. The screen print posters were produced in the early 2010s by Ben Barry, a designer who worked in the marketing department. Posters range from the company's most famous saying "Move Fast and Break Things" to reminding employees "Don't Mistake Motion for Progress."
Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:
Suspicion (RKO, 1946), the First Post-War Release French Grande (46.5" X 63") featuring Bernard Lancy Artwork (est. $12,000).
Captain Blood (Warner Brothers, 1935). One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).
The Three Stooges in Calling All Curs (Columbia, 1939).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).
Madame DuBarry (UFA, 1919).Austrian Poster (74" X 99") featuring Theo Matejko Artwork with provenance from the Albertina Collection (est. $10,000).
Out of the Past (RKO, 1947).One Sheet (27" X 41") (est. $10,000).
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