DALLAS, TEXAS — A massive six sheet movie poster for Casablanca, one of just two copies known, said goodbye to its $60,000 estimate when it went on to realize $107,550 in Heritage’s vintage movie poster Signature auction. Measuring 81 by 81 inches, the poster took top lot honors during the March 23–24 event which brought more than $1.72 million and was 96.4 percent sold by value.
“This is the largest Casablanca poster we’ve ever offered at Heritage,” said Grey Smith, director of movie posters at Heritage. “It is always a pleasure to manage the sale of a rare find like this six sheet — this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this particular poster and the price proves it.”
Several rare posters doubled their estimates with a one sheet for MGM’s 1932 classic Tarzan the Ape Man reaching $65,725 and the poster for D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic Birth of a Nation, depicting John Wilkes Booth leaping onto the stage of Ford’s Theater after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, realizing $47,800.
Collectors remain devoted fans of famous movie monsters, as a CGC graded lobby card for 1931’s Frankenstein realized $38,837. Two scarce posters for RKO’s King Kong brought impressive prices, as a reissue one sheet on linen fetched $35,850 and a Swedish oversized poster, depicting Kong grappling a biplane and a cringing Fay Wray, brought $26,290. A 1938 reissue poster for Universal’s Dracula, sporting a classic visage of Bela Lugosi, sold for $20,315.
Posters for iconic animation sold briskly, as a 1932 Mickey Mouse stock poster delivered $26,680 and a stock poster for 1941’s Superman cartoon series by Paramount/Fleisher Studios sold for $23,900. An impressive six sheet for Columbia’s 1948 Superman live-action serial sold for $15,535.
Other top lots included a 1942 one sheet on linen for Casablanca, that sold for $17,925. A half sheet for the 1927 Buster Keaton classic The General fetched $16,730, and a one sheet for 1954’s Creature From The Black Lagoon brought $15,535. Rounding out the top lots, a graceful Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gargantuan 24 sheet for 1936’s Swing Tim, measuring at 104 by 232 inches, also sold at $15,535.
All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium. For more information, 800-872-6267 or www.ha.com.