DALLAS – Collectors everywhere coveted the striking and extremely rare Insert Movie Poster for Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis – from the collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett – in the $1.27 million Signature Movie Poster Auction at Heritage Auctions March 19. In the end, however, it came down to just two devoted collectors vying for the cinematic treasure, which ultimately realized a solid final price of $47,800. All prices include 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.
“This great poster is not only a wonderful piece of film history,” said Grey Smith, director of movie posters, “it’s also a fabulous piece of graphic art and well worthy of claiming the top spot in this auction.”
Also from Hammett’s collection, a 1933 oversized Swedish version poster for RKO’s landmark King Kong realized $28,680 amidst some spirited bidding. The brilliant colors, amazing action and a dominant image of Kong himself, reminiscent of its American three sheet counterpart, makes this rare poster especially beloved by collectors of the giant ape, especially considering that it’s not likely to be seen at auction again anytime soon.
Another poster that continues to see considerable popularity is the Style B one sheet for Columbia’s 1946 Gilda, featuring a resplendent image of Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the sensual spouse of an Argentinean crime lord. The poster brought $28,680.
Heritage Auctions, 3500 Maple Ave., Dallas, Texas 75219, 800-872-6467, www.ha.com. ?
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