A rare post-war French release double grande poster from Casablanca soared to $143,400, helping Heritage Auctions Movie Posters Auction reach $1,958,775 in total sales on April 7 and 8.
Heritage Auctions' Movie Posters Auction Totals Nearly $2 Million
French Casablanca Double Grande Poster Is One Of Two Known
A film that was made with the hope of creating a successful war drama only to evolve into a beloved classic was represented in the Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1947) first post-war French release double grande ($143,400) and was one of just two known to exist. It featured artwork believed to have been done by Hervé Morvan, the popular 20th-century poster artist.
This auction contained a variety of desirable posters for collectors of all tastes, said vintage posters director Grey Smith. The Casablanca poster is a beautiful poster that drew the attention of our most serious collectors.
One of the most actively pursued lots in the auction was a Superman (Columbia, 1948) six-sheet, which realized $35,850. This was the first comic book superhero who made it to the big screen in a live-action format 10 years after he first was introduced in Action Comics #1. The poster also is exceptionally rare, being one of just two of this large format known.
The poster from The Lady Eve (Paramount, 1941) one-sheet is also rare, which helped spark demand from multiple bidders before it eventually brought $33,460. This classic Preston Sturges comedy is considered one of his best.
Believed to be the only known copy in existence, a Morocco (Paramount, 1931) French horizontal double grande validated its rarity when it sold for $31,070. The French stone lithograph from Josef von Sternbergs classic drama bears a magnificent image for a magnificent film. Roger Soubies depiction of the sultry Marlene Dietrich is considered one of the best illustrations ever painted of the star.
Offered for the first time through Heritage Auctions, Adventures of Captain Marvel (Republic, 1941) one-sheet Chapter 1 - Curse of the Scorpion was another that sparked significant competition among bidders before ultimately yielding $31,070. This poster is one of only a small handful known from what many consider to be one of the greatest serials produced.
Other top lots included a Swedish oversized poster from King Kong (RKO, 1933), $26,290, and six-sheet poster for Sunnyside (First National, 1919), which sold for $24,258.50. A one-sheet for Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954) realized $23,900, and a lenticular one-sheet for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Brothers, 2004) sold for $17,925.
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