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Some person in Texas with a whole lot of money just managed to snag one of the earliest images of Mickey Mouse around. A Mickey Mouse poster from 1928 has sold for $101,575 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
The family of a deceased Northern California collector put the poster up for auction. It shows Mickey Mouse at a time not long after he replaced an early Disney character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey has now become one of the most iconic characters of all time. The poster calls him, "The world's funniest cartoon character."
Heritage Auctions director Grey Smith calls the poster "an important piece of pop culture treasure" during an interview with BBC. He adds that, at the time, this poster of Mickey was likely the only one created. Columbia Pictures started distributing Disney cartoons in 1930. »
Kerry Haggard sentenced to six years in prison for forging vintage posters for films including 1931 Frankenstein
A Georgia man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison and ordered to repay more than $1.3m in the Us after being found guilty of forging vintage horror movie posters
Kerry Haggard, 47, sold the posters and lobby cards on eBay and similar sites to fellow collectors at prices ranging from $500 to $5,000 between January 2006 and August 2009, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. Victims thought they were getting genuine original promotional material for films such as 1931's Frankenstein and 1939 sequel Son of Frankenstein.
In reality, Haggard had used a New York printing company to make high-quality copies from prints and digital scans he provided. He then worked with a restoration company to attach the forged posters to old-fashioned lobby card stock to make them look more genuine. Some of the two dozen plus collectors »
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A treasure trove of rare movie posters which were previously used as insulation in an attic have fetched £503,000 (£314,000) at auction.
The collection was discovered at home in Pennsylvania before going under the hammer at Heritage Auctions.
An incredibly rare poster for 1931's Dracula sold for £143,000 (£89,00) - only four copies are known to exist, while a poster for 1931 western Cimarron was expected to sell for $12,000 (7,500), but ended up fetching $101,000 (£63,000).
Director of the auction, Grey Smith, said before the sale, "These posters are among the rarest, most sought after 'Holy Grail' pieces. The Public Enemy one sheet picturing James Cagney and Jean Harlow is particularly stunning and has never been offered at auction and the Little Caesar one sheet is one of only two known copies, making this a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right collector."
Posters from this cinema era remain rare as most movie houses either threw the sheets away or plastered another release on top. »
If you think you’ve never seen this poster for William Wellman’s 1931 The Public Enemy (playing tomorrow in Film Forum’s invaluable Wellman retrospective) before, it’s with good reason. Unseen for decades, it was discovered last fall, along with about 30 others posters from the same era, in an attic in Pennsylvania. The Berwick Discovery, as it is known, was described to me by Grey Smith, Director of Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auctions, who will be auctioning the posters on March 23, as “the most exciting find of my 35 years in the business.”
What is extraordinary about these posters is that they had not been lovingly preserved by a collector. Instead, they had initially been glued one on top of each other for display (one replacing another each time a new release came to town) and then peeled off in one stack. While most posters would have been thrown out at that point, »
4 items from 2012
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