Incredible original film posters auction and exhibition at Sotheby’s (closing soon!)

Incredible original film posters auction and exhibition at Sotheby’s (closing soon!)

Sotheby’s have some truly incredible original film posters in their inaugural online auction. Highlights include large scale original posters of King Kong (1933) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) as well as smaller formats from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Batman (1966). Estimates range from £500 to £30,000.
The film posters auction is open for bidding now, until 11 September (2018) with the exhibition in their New Bond Street galleries, London open til 10 September (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM).
Included in the upcoming sale is an impressive selection of sci-fi posters, which are among the most sought-after for collectors.
Allow us to present some of our favourites and you can bid now (online only).

Saul Bass’s spiral poster design for this classic Alfred Hitchcock film has become synonymous with the film itself. Bass’s intention to convey the feeling of vertigo through this design is clearly felt in his simple and stylish design. The image has become one of the most defining images of 20th century cinema.
Estimate: £3,000 – £5,000 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, is one of the most iconic pieces of cinema to-date. The American style D and E posters were created to re-launch the film in 70mm, owing to its disappointing initial box office takings. These posters were printed in a hurry with no National Screen Service information or date on the bottom, and were used for wild pasting on New York city walls, subway stations and any other available temporary hoardings Mike Kaplan’s tagline ‘the ultimate trip’ and the image of the star child, captured the experimental mood of the time, and struck a cord with audiences. This poster is one of the most evocative of the decade. The studio was so happy with this style E poster that it was re-printed and used for the subsequent re-releases of the film in the 70s, this time with the NSS information and date.
Estimate: £3,000 – £5,000. This poster, which was printed in Italy, was used as part of the US advertising campaign for the film’s international release. No title was printed on the poster, which made it easy to use in all parts of the world.
Estimate: £20,000 – £30,000. Rene Peron’s poster for King Kong beautifully captures the Art Deco era. All original release posters for this iconic film are highly sought after. A perfect blend of adventure, science fiction and horror, King Kong is the ultimate monster movie. Willis O’Brien’s use of stop-motion effects was ground breaking for the time, and remains legendary. The film blew audiences away and broke all previous box-office records. Fewer than twenty of these posters are known to have survived
Estimate: £5,000 – £8,000. This poster is one of the key science fiction pieces from the 1950s, and one of the most desirable. Forbidden Planet is one of the most cherished sci-fi classic films of all time. It is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The film was directed by Fred M. Wilcox, and stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. It is also notable for introducing cinema goers to Robby the Robot, one of the most famous robots ever to appear on the silver screen.
Estimate: £2,600 – £3,500. This highly sought after poster was the first feature film of this extremely popular science fiction television series, which is today one of the longest running shows on television. This first Dr. Who feature film stars Peter Cushing as the Doctor, and was directed by Gordon Fleming. The daleks still remain the publics most popular enemy.
Estimate: £5,000 – £7,000. This film was based on the Batman television series, and was the first full-length feature film adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. The film stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The film was released two months after the last episode of the first season of the television series. The film included most members of the original television cast.
Estimate: £2,400 – £3,500. This 1966 sci-fi film was based on the original Thunderbirds television series so popular in the 1960s. Like the television series, the film featured marionette puppets and extravagant model work. The film was written by the original creators, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, and directed by David Lane.
Estimate: £1,200 – £1,800. This piece was originally designed by Tom William Chantrell as a 30 x 40 inch landscape British poster. When George Lucas saw the design he liked it so much that he chose to use it as the style C American release poster. This was where it all begun back in 1977, when George Lucas bought us the beginning of the Star Wars empire.
Estimate: £500 – £700. By the time Terminator was released in Czechoslovakia in 1990, the second film was already in the making. The film had been a huge success on its release in the rest of the world. Most of the posters produced to advertise the film were photographic. However, for the Czech release the distributors commissioned an artist who designed this powerful poster, using the airbrush technique.
Estimate: £500 – £700. Back To The Future original poster.
Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000. This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and striking film posters. Waldemar Swierzy’s design for Midnight Cowboy is the most sought after piece on the title. Directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, this cult 60s drama won three Academy Awards, and was the first LGBTQ related film to win Best Picture.


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