Heritage offer unseen vintage movie posters in Dallas auction



2015-07-14 09:24:21

More than 1,000 rare movie posters, many unseen for decades, will be offered at Heritage later this month.

Having spent years tucked away in private collections, these fresh-to-the-market posters will now cross the block as part of the company's Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in Dallas next week.

“Our summer movie poster auctions are known for rarities, but this season we have several private collections that haven’t been seen in a generation or more,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “This is the perfect event for collectors to pick up classic posters — many of which are in surprisingly original, untouched condition.”

Major highlights include a one sheet for the 1931 classic Cimarron, originally uncovered in 2012 as part of the famed Berwick discovery and estimated at $50,000+; one sheet for John Ford's Stagecoach, starring a young John Wayne, valued at $30,000+; a one sheet for Disney's Mickey Mouse short The Klondike Kid estimated at $30,000+; and a one sheet for the Three Stooges comedy Playing the Ponies priced at $20,000+.

The sale will also offer a collection of highly rare vintage Swedish posters for American films, using strikingly different designs to their US counterparts and regarded as "some of the most breathtaking poster art ever used to promote film".

“Predominately from American films and many from the 1920s, it's a true blessing many of these vintage posters have survived in such a high grade, due to the notoriously fragile Swedish paper used in that era,” Smith said. “Many are sexy, sultry, and use amazing imagery of stars and typography.”

Highlights from the collection include a Swedish poster for the earlier 1925 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, produced, directed by and starring Larry Semon, and featuring a young Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. “This is the first time Heritage – or anyone that we are aware of – has presented this poster in auction and it is in pristine condition,” said Smith, who expects the poster to sell for $6,000-$12,000.

The Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on July 25-26.

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