Top 10 Biggest Vintage Poster Auction Sales Of 2014
The ten most valuable vintage posters to cross the auction block in 2014.
10) Sunnyside (First National, 1919) Six Sheet
This highly rare six-sheet poster for Charlie Chaplin's classic 1919 film Sunnyside was discovered in completely unrestored condition almost a century after it was printed. It sold at Heritage in July for $71,700. - - - - - -
9) Dracula (Universal, R-1947) Three Sheet
This three-sheet poster is the only known example from the 1947 reissue of Dracula, the second time the 1931 horror classic had been re-released. It sold at Heritage in March for $71,700. - - - - - -
8) Gilda (Columbia, 1946) One Sheet
This style-B one sheet is amongst the most sought after posters from the 1946 noir classic that made Rita Hayworth into a star. Featuring professional restoration, the poster sold at Heritage in March for $77,675. - - - - - -
7) Edward Alexander Wadsworth - Englische Graphik, 1923
This poster for a 1923 German exhibition of English artists was designed by Edward Alexander Wadsworth, a renowned artist and original signatory of the Vorticist Manifesto. It sold at Christie's in May for $79,990. - - - - - -
6) Babe Comes Home (First National, 1927) One Sheet
This original poster for the 1927 silent movie Babe Comes Home, starring baseball legend Babe Ruth as himself, is one of just two copies believed to exist. It sold at Heritage in February for $83,650. - - - - - -
5) Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942) Insert
This large insert poster for the 1942 classic Casablanca, considered perhaps the best poster produced for one of cinema's all-time greats, sold at Heritage in July for $83,650. - - - - - -
4) Man Ray - Keeps London Going, 1939
This 1939 London Transport Poster, designed by the renowned American surrealist artist Man Ray, was displayed in tube stations across London. An original example of the poster sold at Christie's in May for $84,200. - - - - - -
3) The Phantom of the Opera (Universal, 1925) One Sheet
One of only four known copies of this 1925 one-sheet, described as "one of the most spectacular posters created for any of the classic Universal Horror films", sold at Heritage in July for $203,150. - - - - - -
2) London After Midnight (MGM, 1927) One Sheet
The world's only-known copy of the poster for the US release of London After Midnight – the famous 'lost' 1927 thriller starring Lon Chaney – sold for a world record price of $478,000 at Heritage in November. - - - - - -
1) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, 1891
This poster featuring Louise Weber (AKA La Goulue), principle dancer at the Moulin Rouge, was the first ever created by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Printed in Paris in 1891, the poster sold at Christie's in May for $529,618. - - - - - -
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