Movie poster collectors vied for rarities and sought after treasures in Heritage’s recent Movie Poster Auction, pushing the ending total to $2.64 million.
A rare The Invisible Man one-sheet from 1933 led the auction when it vanished into a new collection for $182,400. As one of just a handful of known examples of the Universal monster movie poster, it sold for well above the preauction estimate of $125,000. The sale coincided with the 2020 remake starring Elisabeth Moss, which became one of the earliest films to move the on-demand date up as many more people are staying home.
“Even in these troubled economic and uncertain times, this was a big success,” Grey Smith, Heritage’s Director of Posters, said about the sale.
The top performer from the collection of producer Mike Kaplan was the Stagecoach one-sheet that sold for $84,000. Another high seller from the Kaplan collection was the autographed Horse Feathers three-sheet that was signed and inscribed by Groucho Marx. Additional highlights from this collection were Bordertown one-sheet, The Divorcee one-sheet, and The Adventures of Robin Hood one-sheet.
Universal monsters and Hammer horror are consistently big sellers in movie poster auctions, especially for their most popular baddies. A Frankenstein title lobby card from the original 1931 release grabbed $72,000. A Horror of Dracula Italian two-fogli sunk his teeth into $66,000. The Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman one-sheet hammered for $25,200.
Some of the auction’s other big sellers were The Jazz Singer six-sheet for $57,600, Casablanca 1953 rerelease Italian locandina for $50,400 and a first postwar release Italian photobusta for $24,000, A Fistful of Dollars original mixed media poster art $50,400, and a Gone with the Wind roadshow one-sheet for $22,200.