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    Sunrise (Fox, 1927). Very Fine-. Window Card (14" X 22").
    As one of two copies known to exist, Heritage has had the pleasure to offer this penultimate poster only once before back in 2008 for a sum of $19,000, and it is as much of a must-have item for serious collectors today as it was back then. After his successful career in Germany with masterpieces such as Nosferatu and The Last Laugh, director F. W. Murnau traveled to Hollywood and created this picture with its great cultural impact. Well known for his Expressionist stylings, Murnau brought several elements of the genre to Hollywood, best seen not only in his use of large angular set pieces, but also in his skilled employment of forced perspective to give added meaning and focus to nearly every scene. Audiences and critics found it visually spellbinding and the picture gained a massive amount of popularity. It is remembered as his cinematic tour de force, and would earn three Academy Awards at the very first Awards ceremony in 1929, including Best Unique and Artistic Picture - the first and only time the award was ever presented. Repeated showings of Sunrise required theaters the use their advertisements again and again, until they were little more than paper scraps only fit for disposal. Due to this practice, posters for the picture are scarce and almost never seen in collections or up for auction, making any paper for the film highly desirable. Considered the best format produced for the picture, this beautiful window card has been well preserved and is still vibrant 90 years after printing. It has only mild signs of handling like slight edge wear, minor corner bends, soft rounded corners, and a small tear in the right border. Also present are a few faint stains and smudges, and the card has a reattached chip in the top right corner that has been braced with a piece of paper tape on the verso. The interior of the card is remarkably clean with practically no flaws to mar its colorful illustration, a rare and highly desirable piece not to be missed by collectors.

    Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000.

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