$1.7 Million Realized in Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auction

DALLAS — Heritage Auction Galleries’ most recent Vintage Movie Poster Signature® auction, held July 11-12 in Dallas, Texas, realized $1,731,385 for 1,595 lots offered, although after-auction sales are still ongoing and are expected to push the final total to even higher levels.
"This was one of our largest offerings yet of rare and vintage movie paper," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Movie Poster Auctions for Dallas-based Heritage, "including treasures from the very earliest days of motion pictures up through the more modern classics, and bidders responded enthusiastically."
"The two top pieces in the auction were both from the same movie," Smith said. "Flying Down to Rio, from 1933, is a significant film in that it was the first on-screen pairing of legendary dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The two sheet and the midget window card, both extremely rare formats and both featuring fabulous full-color Art Deco artwork, were the subject of intense interest, and, when all was said and done, brought an astounding $26,290 each, most likely a record result for either format."
"Another exceptional result was the $25,095 realized for an incredibly clean, and likely unused, Creature from the Black Lagoon one sheet," Smith said. "This has always been a strong title, with heavy collector demand, but this easily tops our previous price record of $20,315 set in July 2007. As a genre, 1950s science fiction remains solid, as seen in results like this as well as pieces like the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman that sold for $13,145, and the original Japanese B2 for Godzilla that brought $11,950."
"Quality film noir titles also did extremely well in this auction," Smith added, "A one sheet for This Gun for Hire brought $22,705, an Out of the Past one sheet realized $16,730, and a Post-War re-release French Grande for The Maltese Falcon fetched $14,340. This is definitely a genre to keep an eye on going forward."
Smith continued, "Other results of note included four door panels for the Beatles’ film Help!, rarely offered as a complete set, that sold for $19,120; a beautiful Italian 4-folio for the Rita Hayworth version of Salome, with art by Anselmo Ballester, which brought $19,120; a midget window card from Ex-Lady, which realized, $16,730; and the exceedingly rare pressbook from Dracula, the movie that made an instant star of Bela Lugosi, that achieved $15,535."
"We’re already working on our next Vintage Movie Poster Signature® auction," said Smith, "which will be held here in Dallas on Nov. 7-8, 2008. Interested bidders should keep an eye on our Web site at www.HA.com/MoviePosters to watch the auction as it develops."