NEW YORK — It was a one-of-a-kind auction at Swann Galleries on Dec. 18: A single-owner collection dedicated to images of maidens in the clutches of movie monsters. The sale, titled “Monsters & Maidens: A Film Poster Collection,” drew a whole new audience to the New York City auction house known for its sales of books, fine art and other works on paper.
Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann Galleries President and Posters Specialist, said, “This was one of the most fun and accessible auctions we have ever held. We knew going into it that it wasn’t a high-value proposition, and we got such a great reception by the public and the media that it was well worth the effort. The exhibition and auction were both well attended by collectors and enthusiasts, alike.”
Classic monster movie archetypes proved popular, with Roland Coudon’s classic “King Kong” poster from the original 1933 film bringing $18,000; a classic robot feature, Roger Soubie’s “Planète Interdite,” a French version of the poster for “Forbidden Planet,” 1956, $7,200; a vampire in Guy Gerard Nöel’s “Le Cauchemar de Dracula,” titled in the U.S. “Horror of Dracula,” 1958, $5,040; and a black lagoon-type creature in “La Vendetta del Mostro,” by an unknown designer, 1955, $4,080. All prices include buyer’s premiums.
A run of romantic images depicting film heroes carrying off damsels in distress also attracted bidders. Among them were “Coeurs Brulés” (“Morocco”), 1931, starring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper, $15,600; “Gone With the Wind,” 1940, $4,080; Jean Denis Malclés, “La Belle et la Bête,” circa 1951, $2,160; Georg Pollak, “Die Tochter der Wildnis,” circa 1923, $2,040; and “La Grande Alarme,” circa 1926, $1,440.
For complete results, visit www.swanngalleries.com. For further information, and to consign items to future poster auctions, contact Kristina Goodstadt at 212-254-4710, ext. 53, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.