The imaginative artwork for science fiction movie posters have a solid presence in Heritage’s current Movie Posters Auction, which will close on July 28-29, 2018 in Dallas. Leading the charge in this category is the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home by Bob Peak. The large 40” x 57-1/2” highly detailed poster depicts the evening sky of San Francisco, marred by a Klingon Bird of Prey flying over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was done on illustration board mounted on foamcore, is signed by Peak and comes with a gold frame.
“Bob Peak was a popular and important movie poster artist who produced a number of posters for various Star Trek films, and this is as dramatic as any of them,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “His subtle portraits of several of the film’s primary characters offer an extraordinary balance to the bold images of the sunset and the Bird of Prey. This poster is a large and striking image that would be a significant addition to any collection.”
The Star Trek IV poster projected to lead the 927-lot auction is joined by others designed by Peak, that include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan original mixed media concept art, Rocky III original mixed-media concept poster art, and My Fair Lady Italian photobustas.
Another science fiction flick that’ll likely draw strong bidding is the The War of the Worlds style B half-sheet. The rare poster features the unsettling image of Martian warships for George Pal’s adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.
Stepping away from sci-fi into superheroes, Heritage will offer The New Adventures of Batman and Robin six-sheet and Superman cartoon stock one-sheet. The Batman and Robin six-sheet advertises the second serial with Robert Lowery and John Duncan while the Superman one-sheet represents Paramount’s work on bringing the Man of Steel to cartoons.
A From Here to Eternity French double grande, measuring 91-1/4” x 62-1/2” will cross the auction block. The full-bleed horizontal poster features art by Rene Peron and marks the first time Heritage has offered this rare poster.
Another great sci-fi entry is the Things to Come one-sheet, for the film inspired by Wells’ novel, The Shape of Things to Come. This rarity for the early sci-fi epic stands out for its 1930s deco-design of the future.
Auction highlights also include The Lady Eve one-sheet for the Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck comedy, Help! set of four door panels featuring The Beatles, The Jaws of Death original acrylic poster art, The Wolf Man half-sheet, and Creature from the Black Lagoon one-sheet.