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Bonhams’ Rare Vintage Movie Posters, 2017

We were excited to be involved with the auction at Bonhams in New York in partnership with Turner Classic Movies, held on Monday, 20 November 2017.  The sale, TCM PRESENTS….VINTAGE MOVIE POSTERS FEATURING THE IRA RESNICK COLLECTION, included part of the collection of Ira Resnick, a legend in the movie poster world and a passionate collector for over 40 years. Now recognized as a premier collector of original movie art, Resnick has seen his collection grow to about 5,000 pieces, spanning the years 1912-1962, and in 2017 decided to part with some of his collection amounting to 340 lots ranging in date from 1915 to the 1950s.

In choosing pieces for the auction, Resnick said he tried to select items that will not only attract seasoned collectors but “will be interesting and rare for people who are new to collecting this kind of material. I think that’s important, and one of the reasons I wanted to do this is to bring new people to collecting movie art.”

Estimates ranged from $200 to $30,000.  The auction presented collectors with the opportunity to acquire some very rare titles and, in some cases, posters that had never previously appeared on the open market.  Here are some of our favourites:

By The Sea, 1915, Essanay, U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed Estimate: $20,000-30,000 Thought to be the only known copy

By The Sea, 1915, Essanay, U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed
Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Thought to be the only known copy
Sold for $37,500

The Son Of The Sheik, 1926, United Artists, U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed Estimate: £20,000-30,000

The Son Of The Sheik, 1926, United Artists, U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed
Estimate: £20,000-30,000
Sold for $75,000

Manhattan Cocktail, 1928, Paramount, U.S. title card Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Manhattan Cocktail, 1928, Paramount, U.S. title card
Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Sold for $4,375

Gold Diggers Of 1933, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet style A, linen-backed Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Gold Diggers Of 1933, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet style A, linen-backed
Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Sold for $23,750

Mystery Of The Wax Museum, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. title card Estimate: $8,000-10,000

The Mystery Of The Wax Museum, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. title card
Estimate: $8,000-10,000
Unsold

Private Detective 62, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Private Detective 62, 1933, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed
Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Sold for $23,750

The Gay Divorcee, 1934, R.K.O, U.S. title card, signed by Fred Astaire Estimate: $1,000-1,500

The Gay Divorcee, 1934, R.K.O, U.S. title card, signed by Fred Astaire
Estimate: $1,000-1,500
Sold for $1,125

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1935, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed Estimate: $10,000-15,000

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1935, Warner Bros., U.S. one-sheet, linen-backed
Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Unsold

Werewolf Of London, 1935, Universal, U.S. title card Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Werewolf Of London, 1935, Universal, U.S. title card
Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Unsold

A Day At The Races, 1937, M.G.M., U.S. title card Estimate: $3,000-5,000

A Day At The Races, 1937, M.G.M., U.S. title card
Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Sold for $4,375

The Wizard Of Oz, 1939, M.G.M., U.S. title card Estimate: $6,000-8,000

The Wizard Of Oz, 1939, M.G.M., U.S. title card
Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Sold for $7,500

The Wasp Woman, 1959, Film Group Inc., U.S. title card Estimate: $400-600

The Wasp Woman, 1959, Film Group Inc., U.S. title card
Estimate: $400-600
Sold for $750

For further information regarding catalogues and auction viewing, please go to www.bonhams.com

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