A rare Casablanca postwar French double grande sold for much more than a hill of beans when it cleared $143,400 at Heritage. The poster was part of Heritage’s movie posters auction, which reached $1,958,775 in total sales.
Casablanca is one of the most influential and beloved classic war dramas in film history. The double grande drew multiple bidders before ending at $143,400. The extremely rare poster is one of just two known examples, featuring art by Hervé Morvan.
“This auction contained a variety of desirable posters for collectors of all tastes,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “The Casablanca poster is a beautiful poster that drew the attention of our most serious collectors.”
Superhero movie fans competed for a Superman six-sheet from the 1948 film, making it soar to $35,850. The very rare one-sheet for the classic Preston Sturges comedy The Lady Eve brought $33,460. A Morocco French horizontal double grande stone lithograph, believed to be the only known example, ended at $31,070. For the first Heritage offered an Adventures of Captain Marvel one-sheet for chapter 1 of the serial. As one of only a handful known in existence, bidders pushed it to $31,070.
Additional highlights included a Casablanca 1949 rerelease insert for $28,680, a Swedish King Kong oversized poster for $26,290, Star Wars by Michelangelo Papuzza original mixed media concept art for $26,290, Sunnyside six-sheet for $24,258, Creature from the Black Lagoon one-sheet for $23,900, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban lenticular one-sheet for $17,925.