Casablanca poster set to star in Heritage sale


2015-06-26 11:22:04

Casablanca poster set to star in Heritage sale

Casablanca poster set to star in Heritage sale

11 Jul 2012, 14:40 GMT+01

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, this original Casablanca movie poster has walked into Heritage’s.

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s classic partnership in 1942’s Casablanca, one of the most popular films of all time, is represented in this original “style B” half-sheet poster.

It differs from other printed styles of Casablanca posters, and is recognised as the rarest and most sought after. This example is one of only three extant copies, and is the one in the best condition. It is expected to fetch up to $60,000 at Heritage Auctions July 26th sale.

The auction is set to feature several stunners from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Images such as Carole Lombard’s coy smirk and black eye on the poster for the love triangle comedy ‘Love Before Breakfast’ (1936) may be eminently recognisable, but original posters are extremely rare, and this specimen is set to fetch $15,000-$30,000.

Those Bette Davis eyes, staring out from the poster of 'Jezebel' (1938), are primed to entice a bidder up to $10,000-$20,000.

Hammer Horror style posters are always crowd pleasers, the colourful and ominous advertisements promising all sorts of tongue-in-cheek terror. A 'Forbidden Planet' poster of 1956 is valued at $9,000-$15,000, the 1935 'Bride of Frankenstein' at $8,000-$16,000, and the later 1947 'Frankenstein' at $10,000-$20,000.

A superb copy of the Creature from the Black Lagoon holding a screaming Julia Adams in his fishy arms (1954) is expected to fetch $12,000-$22,000.

With bids already knocking up thousands for several of these fantastic mementos, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship for numerous movie poster collectors.


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