Unique 1932 Tarzan movie poster could bring $80,000 at Heritage



2015-11-03 09:56:15

A unique Tarzan movie poster from 1932 could bring up to $80,000 in a forthcoming Dallas auction.

The sale at Heritage Auctions will feature more than 1,000 rare vintage posters, lobby cards and memorabilia "suitable for the advanced collector".

Leading the sale is a Style D one sheet poster for MGM’s classic 1932 film 'Tarzan the Ape Man'.  The film featured the first appearance of Johnny Weissmuller in his iconic role as the 'Lord of the Jungle', starring alongside Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and the pair went on to star in six Tarzan films together.

Of the two one-sheet poster styles created for the film, this example is the only one to feature the actual likenesses of Weissmuller and O'Sullivan. It is also the world's only-known copy of the poster, unseen by experts for decades. “I was floored when I saw [it]" said Grey Smith, director of Vintage Posters at Heritage.

Presented in remarkable condition, and described as an "incredible" discovery, the poster will be offered with an estimate of $40,000-$80,000, but could easily sell for a far higher price.

The auction includes an impressive selection of pre-WWII posters. A copy of the stunning one-sheet poster for Jean Harlow's 1932 drama 'Red Headed Woman' (est. $30,000-$60,000) lines up next to a poster for the 1936 H.G Wells sci-fi adaptation 'The Shape of Things to Come' ($25,000-$50,000), and a highly rare window card for the classic 1931 Universal horror 'Frankenstein' (est. $30,000-$60,000).

There are also several rare posters from the world of animation, specifically the early career of pioneer Walt Disney.

First up is a one-sheet poster for the cartoon short 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Great Guns!', created by Disney for Universal in 1927 before he founded his own studio. Just four posters featuring Oswald remain in private hands, and three are owned by the Disney family themselves, making this poster a possible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with an estimate of $8,000-$16,000.

Also up for grabs is the only-known poster for the 1933 Mickey Mouse short 'Mickey's Mellerdrammer', estimated at $30,000-$60,000, and the 1936 cartoon Alpine Climbers, also starring Donald Duck and Pluto, estimated at $15,000-$30,000.

The Heritage Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction takes place on November 21-22.

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