Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Wildfire (Theatrical Poster, c. 1906-1908). One Sheet (28" X 41"). This is an extremely rare theatrical poster for one of Lillian Russell's greatest stage hits. It would be filmed in 1915 by William A. Brady's World Pictures. Russell, one of the true celebrated beauties of the American stage, was almost as famous for her off-stage theatrics, with legendary affairs with 'Diamond' Jim Brady (40 years!) and Sandow the Strongman, to name only two. When Alexander Graham Bell introduced long distance telephone service on May 8th, 1890, her voice was the first carried over the line. Sports collectors will recognize the title. It became the nickname of the Chicago Cubs first MVP, slugging right fielder Frank Schulte, after he saw her in this play in Mississippi and was so impressed with it that he named one of his trotting horses "Wildfire." The sports writers picked the story up and called him "Wildfire" Schulte from that time on. The poster only has slight edge wear, a small chip in the lower left border, and a small punch mark in the forehead and the lower left. A beautiful stone litho with original color. Rolled, Very Fine+.

    View movie details on IMDB
    View movie details on AllMovie


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    7th-8th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 899

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 March 23 - 24 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Auction #161850 spotlights


    Batman (20th Century Fox, 1966). Folded, Very Fine-. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Not of This Earth (Allied Artists, 1957). Folded, Fine+. Insert
    BID NOW


    The Shadow Strikes (Grand National, 1937). Folded, Fine+. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Paramount, 1986). Folded, Very Fine. International One Sheet. A. Perkins Artwork
    BID NOW


    The Ghost Ship (RKO, 1943). Folded, Very Fine-. One Sheet. William Rose Artwork
    BID NOW


    The Letter (Warner Brothers, 1940). Very Fine-. Window Card
    BID NOW


    Boom Town (MGM, 1940). Folded, Fine. Six Sheet G. Leake Artwork
    BID NOW


    Key Largo (Warner Brothers, 1948). Fine+. Title Lobby Card
    BID NOW

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 November 17 - 18 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 November 17 - 18 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,603,591
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    REALIZED $61,469.80