Reality check: you can’t honestly call yourself a film buff in 2022 if you’re still rocking with the old Pulp Fiction and Scarface prints. Thankfully, the opportunity to upgrade has arrived this week courtesy of Sotheby’s, which is now auctioning a whole lot of impressive interior design pieces through its Original Film Posters event (including a version of the latter print we just ragged on).
“Original Film Posters demonstrates over 100 years of cinematic history from across the globe,” notes the official Sotheby’s auction overview.
“Featuring promotional materials including posters, lobby cards, production stills and original artworks used to herald some of the world’s most iconic films, estimates range from £300 to £30,000.”
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Highlights range from an “exceptionally rare” withdrawn international concept poster for The Empire Strikes Back (estimate: £14,000-22,000), an Italian poster for La Dolce Vita (estimate: £18,000-26,000), as well as the obligatory British poster for the very first Bond flick, Dr No (estimate: £20,000-30,000). Based on a cursory glance of what’s being offered, 007 fans will be spoilt for choice, with a legit sound stage exit sign from the production studio also up for grabs.
Other picks that caught our attention in this varied selection of framed delights include a tasteful Japanese poster for Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (estimate: £800-1,200), a British poster for The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen (estimate: £3,000-5,000), an American poster for The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft (estimate: £1,200-1,800), as well as pretty much anything with Audrey Hepburn’s face/name/general presence on it.
The most exceptional lots will be available to preview in Sotheby’s St George Street Gallery from February 2nd to 8th with bidding taking place exclusively online at the same time.
Find out more below.