Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Bitter Sweet (United Artists, 1933). Very Fine on Paper. One Sheet (28.25" X 41") Hans Flato Artwork. From the Mike Kaplan Collection.
    Not only is it Heritage's first time to offer this beautiful one sheet, but it is the only known copy of the poster still in existence today. In addition to that, it features stylized and passionate artwork by the German-born illustrator Hans Flato, who was particularly known for his gorgeous Art Deco creations. As the first of two film adaptations made for Coward's play, with this one starring Anna Neagle and Fernand Gravey, director Herbert Wilcox's picture is considered to be the better film, due in large part to his adherence to the original operetta's plot. Done in rich stone litho printing, this one sheet is in great condition and has received light touchup to the upper crossfold. Unaddressed wear includes unobtrusive stains and smudges, as well as a few small tears. The paper has been trimmed to the edges, but not into the poster. Above all, this one-of-a-kind one sheet is a wonderful display piece in excellent condition, truly a poster that should be of note to any musical fan.

    Estimate: $4,500 - $9,000.

    Please see full-color, enlargeable images above for more details.

    View movie details on IMDB
    View movie details on AllMovie

    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    21st Saturday 1:50 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    23 Days 19h 7m 5s
    Internet/Mail Bids: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: 7
    Page Views: 76

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Internet Session - No Floor or Phone Bidding (Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 86001-86171) - 2:00 PM Central Time, Saturday, March 21, 2020.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

    Show All Session Information

    Show Auction Type Info

    Exhibition Viewing Times, Title Page, Floor Session and License Information

    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions - Dallas
    3500 Maple Ave
    17th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms  | Movie Posters Grading Tutorial

    ** Lots bearing estimates and without Consignor Reserve shall open at Heritage Auctions' discretion (usually 25% to 60% of the low estimate).

    Opening Bid:
    Bid Protection
    w/ Buyer's Premium (BP) : $2,700.00 Minimum Next Bid: $2,250 ($2,700.00 w/ BP)
    Track Item