Heritage to offer remarkable collection of silent movie posters



2016-07-08 10:20:12

A remarkable collection of Silent-Era Hollywood movie posters will star at a Heritage Auctions sale in Dallas later this month.

The collection includes close to 100 rare posters, for films featuring silent superstars such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Theda Bara, Lon Chaney, Fatty Arbuckle and William S. Hart.

"Rarely do we get a collection of such early and significant film posters in such quantity as this wonderful group of 100-year-old posters, many of which are unrestored and in an unused state," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions.

"It's not going too far to suggest that this well may be the best selection of these types of posters Heritage has ever offered."

Leading the collection is a highly rare 1915 one-sheet for D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, depicting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which comes with an estimate of $25,000 - $50,000.

Further highlights include the 1918 Charlie Chaplin films Triple Trouble and Chase Me Charlie, each estimated at $5,000+; Mary Pickford's 1917 picture The Little American, also estimated at $5,000+; and the 1920 film The Penalty, featuring one of Lon Chaney's career-best performances, valued at $10,000+.

"We are so excited to get this great selection of one sheets, three sheets, six sheets and lobby cards from this early period in cinema history," said Smith. "Collectors of this kind of vintage paper are going to like what they see."

Elsewhere, the auction offers everything from classic horror to Cassablanca via some classic Burt Reynolds.

Amongst the most valuable lots on offer areĀ  a Style-A one-sheet for the 1939 Universal horror Son of Frankenstein, estimated at $50,000 - $100,000, and a one-sheet for the studio's 1936 film Dracula's Daughter, valued at $25,000 - $50,000.

Further top lots include an insert for the 1942 classic Casablanca, estimated at $30,000 - $60,000; a set of three rare displays from the Italian premier of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, valued at $18,000 - $36,000; and two different posters for the 1954 monster flick The Create from the Black Lagoon, each priced at $12,000 - $24,000.

Collectors will also have the rare opportunity to acquire a piece by the legendary poster artist and master of the genre Drew Struzan, when his original artwork for the Burt Reynolds comedy sequel Cannonball Run II hits the block with an estimate of $4,000 - $8,000.

The Heritage Auctions Movie Posters Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on July 30-31.

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