Ital­ian poster for 'Casablanca' at­tracts $478,000 at auc­tion

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The only known sur­viv­ing Ital­ian is­sue poster for the clas­sic movie "Casablanca" has sold for $478,000 in Dal­las at a pub­lic auc­tion of vin­tage movie posters. The firm Her­itage Auc­tions says the price ties a record for the high­est amount paid for a movie poster at a pub­lic auc­tion. The 1946 Ital­ian poster - four years af­ter the Os­car-win­ning movie was made and first shown in the US - mea­sures 55.5 inches (1,409.7 mil­lime­ters) by 78.25 inches (1,987.55 mil­lime­ters).

It pre­vi­ously was owned by a col­lec­tor in Lon­don. Auc­tion spokesman Eric Bradley says the buyer Satur­day chose to re­main anony­mous. Bradley said Sun­day the price equaled the record amount paid in 2014 for a poster for "Lon­don Af­ter Mid­night," a 1927 silent movie where Lon Chaney played a vam­pire. — AP

Humphrey Bog­art’s son Stephen Bog­art and In­grid Bergman’s daugh­ter Pia Lind­strom at­tend the press con­fer­ence for the 60th An­niver­sary of ‘Casablanca’ gala tribute screen­ing and DVD re­lease event at Alice Tully Hall, Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York. — AFP

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