Published: November 25, 2003
As part of Heritage Galleries’ $4 million popular culture auction November 20-23, conducted in conjunction with WizardWorld Texas, the Vintage Movie Posters section was highlighted by a rare example of the one-sheet version of The Babe Comes Home, which realized $138,000 in spirited bidding.
The poster was purchased by William Hughes, a well-known collectibles dealer and movie poster collector, according to Heritage’s movie posters expert Grey Smith, who added, “We had several bidders just below him, all well into the six-figure range.”
According to Hughes, “This was a poster I had coveted for a long time, and I had unsuccessfully tried to buy the only other known copy many years ago. I was very excited when I saw that the piece showed up at the Heritage auction. Their catalog description and photography made it practically irresistible, and Heritage is also very easy to work with. I’m just thrilled that I finally own this poster.”
The 27- by 41-inch poster was estimated at $90/150,000.
The entire movie poster section of the auction realized about $750,000, with numerous records smashed. The entire auction realized about $4 million and was extremely successful, according to Heritage Galleries.
A complete review will be featured in a future issue of Antiques and the Arts Weekly.
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