$107,550. Heritage Auctions photo.
A six-sheet movie poster for Casablanca, one of just two copies known, sold for $107,550 (includes buyer’s premium) in Heritage Auctions’ March 23 and 24 movie poster auction in Dallas, Texas. The sale totaled approximately $1.72 million.
Grey Smith, director of movie posters at Heritage, said of the 81" x 81" poster, “This is the largest Casablanca poster we’ve ever offered at Heritage.”
Other posters bringing top dollar were a one-sheet for MGM’s 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man that reached $65,725, and a poster for The Birth of a Nation, depicting John Wilkes Booth leaping onto the stage of Ford’s Theater after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, that realized $47,800. A lobby card for Frankenstein (1931) sold for $38,837.
Two posters for RKO’s King Kong brought impressive prices. A 1938 reissue one-sheet on linen fetched $35,850, and a 1933 oversize Swedish poster brought $26,290. A 1938 reissue poster for Universal’s Dracula, sporting a classic visage of Bela Lugosi, sold for $20,315.
A 1932 Mickey Mouse stock poster brought $28,680, and a stock poster for the 1941 Superman cartoon series by Paramount/Fleischer Studios sold for $23,900. A six-sheet for Columbia’s 1948 Superman live-action serial sold for $15,535.
For more information, contact Heritage at (800) 872-6467 or check the Web site (www.HA.com).
Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest