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