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Original Film Poster Sells For A Record $525,000 At Auction

An original movie poster has sold for a record $525,800 at auction. The poster was for the original 1930s Dracula movie starring Bela Lugosi, and went for the impressive sum at the Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Auction in Dallas, Texas. You can check out the original Dracula movie poster below.

Original Dracula movie poster sells for record half a million dollars

“The Dracula poster is a rare, important poster that sparked intense bidding among some of our elite collectors,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith via a press release. “Considering the sheer beauty of the poster and the timeless popularity of the film, it’s not a surprise that the demand was so high.”

Related: Dracula 3D Review

“It is a matter of opinion, but this poster probably is the most beautiful of all of the styles,” Smith added. “And one of only two styles that pictures Bela Lugosi in
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$100,000 Mickey Mouse poster sells at Texas action house

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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.
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Horror film poster forger sentenced in Us

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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Rare Movie Posters Fetch $500,000 At Auction

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Rare Movie Posters Fetch $500,000 At Auction
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).

A poster for James Cagney's classic gangster film The Public Enemy sold for $59,000 (£36,000) and Edward G. Robinson's Little Caesar fetched $41,000 (£25,000).

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.

Rare Movie Posters Discovered, Expected To Fetch $250,000

Philadelphia — A rowdy band of bloodsuckers, gunslingers, wily wise guys, jaded private eyes, hardboiled reporters and good girls gone bad, stuck in an attic together for 80 years, is going its separate ways.

Nearly three dozen movie theater posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood found in a Pennsylvania attic are expected to fetch $250,000 at auction in Texas this month. They were stuck together with wallpaper glue when they were purchased for around $30,000 at a country auction last fall in Berwick, near Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The buyer, who chose to remain anonymous, consigned them to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, where the stack of 33 Depression-era posters were painstakingly steamed and gingerly separated over the course of several weeks.

"As we started to peel them apart, it was one of the greatest treasure troves from a beautiful period of poster printing," said Grey Smith of Heritage Auctions, where the posters go on
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Public Enemy” and the Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters

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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,
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Movie Poster of the Week: "The Bride of Frankenstein"

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A couple of weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about the fact that this rare teaser poster (the only one known to be in existence) for the 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein was poised to break the world record for the sale of a movie poster. The record, held since 2005, was for one of four known copies of a 1927 German poster for Metropolis, which sold at London’s Reel Poster Gallery for $690,000. Prior to that the record had been held for 8 years by a poster for the 1932 The Mummy sold in auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $453,500. (The third highest selling poster of all time, for the record, is also Metropolis). It was hoped that the Bride poster would fetch over $700,000 at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills (Heritage, based out of Dallas, handles 70 percent of the world's movie poster auction sales) but it failed to reach its
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Capes, Crooks & Cliffhangers: Heroic Serial Posters Of The Golden Age - Booklog Review

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Capes, Crooks & Cliffhangers: Heroic Serial Posters Of The Golden Age by John E. Petty & Grey Smith (Ivy Press, tpb, 308 pp, $39.95)

Action heroes of films past are the focus of this reference book. It’s a fine introduction to serials for new fans that also serves as a superb art gallery of colorful posters and vintage photos, imagery that will delight veteran buffs. By the way, for those who may have forgotten: serials were low-budget films (made from 1912-56) primarily intended for youthful audiences and most frequently played on Saturdays; they offered adventures in bite-size episodic chapters that usually ended with our heroes apparently dead in life-threatening situations. “To be continued!” the screen screamed—and moviegoers knew that though the good guys would somehow get out of that formidable fix, it would be best to return next week to find out exactly how.

Capes concentrates its individual chapters on those important
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Would You Make Your Backyard an Office?

As aversion to driving grows, home office sheds come into fashion.

Americans are driving significantly less, despite the drop in gas prices over the last year. So concludes Nate Silver, a numbers cruncher named by Time magazine last month as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

In "The End of Car Culture," an article published in the new issue of Esquire, Silver argues that the 4% decline in per capita miles driven over the last year was caused by lifestyle as much as the wallet. It's no coincidence, he says, that the two cities with the biggest gains in housing prices over the last year--Seattle and Portland, Oregon--are known as alternative transportation meccas.

No doubt unemployment has reduced the amount of driving. I suspect the evolution of telecommuting has also taken a lot of cars off the road. After years of chatter about the virtues of working remotely,
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