From at­tic to auc­tion RARE POSTERS FROM EARLY 1930SMOVIES MAY SELL FOR $250,000

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY JOANN LOVIGLIO

PHILADEL­PHIA rowdy band of blood­suck­ers, gun­slingers, wily wiseguys, jaded pri­vate eyes, hard-boiled re­porters and good girls gone bad, stuck in an at­tic to­gether for 80 years, are go­ing their 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 the block March 23.

The sep­a­rated posters un­der­went mi­nor touch-ups and were backed with linen at a restora­tion house, he said.

“A num­ber of them were in very, very nice shape. . . . The colors had not seen the light of day in 80 years,” Mr. Smith said.


A movie poster for the 1931 film “Lit­tle Cae­sar” (left) star­ring Dou­glas Fair­banks Jr. and Ed­ward G. Robin­son and one for “The Public En­emy” fea­tur­ing James Cag­ney from the same year were among 33 De­pres­sion-era movie posters found in an at­tic in Penn­syl­va­nia. They will be sold at auc­tion on March 23.

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