A Wonderful Price For 'A Wonderful Life' (And Other Posters)

December 6, 2011

Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com) ended its latest auction of Vintage Movie Posters in November. Just in time for the perennial feasting on the classic Christmas classic movie, It’s A Wonderful Life (RKO, 1946), one bidder took home a memento of the iconic movie in the form of the one sheet, 27-inch by 41-inch poster for the film. The winning bid was $11,950.
One of the most universally beloved movies ever made, the traditional Christmas favorite, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, and directed by Frank Capra, was actually a box office flop upon its initial release, earning only $3.3 million against a cost of $3.7 million. Once the film lapsed into the public domain in the mid-1970s, however, and became a regular TV staple during the holidays, it finally gained the recognition and admiration it deserved.
The “star” of the auction was a Three Stooges movie poster, Three Little Beers (Columbia, 1935), one sheet 27 inches by 41 inches, selling for an astounding $59,750. Anna Christie (MGM, 1930, another 27-inch by 41-inch one sheet sold for $38,837; and The Most Dangerous Game (RKO, 1932) a half sheet measuring 22 inches by 28 inches went to $31,070. For more results from the sale, visit Heritage online at www.ha.com; or phone them at (800) 872-6467.


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