Prop Store June 2019 Auctions - James Bond Posters Steal the Show...
First and foremost, it is the aesthetics of original movie posters that appeals to us, but we also keep a very close eye on the market, particularly when some rarer posters are up for auction.
The rarest posters are generally from the first half of the Twentieth Century, where only one copy may now remain. From the second half, James Bond posters are frequently the higher prices at auction.
So it was at the June 2019 ‘Cinema Poster Live Auction’ at the UK’s ‘Prop Store’, where James Bond posters stole the show. Here are the top five James Bond results…
(All images are owned by ‘Prop Store’.)
"Dr. No" - UK Quad - Excellent condition
Top price at the auction was a UK Quad movie poster for the first James Bond film, 1962’s “Dr. No”, with illustration by famed artist Mitchell Hooks. In ‘excellent’ condition (folded and with small pin holes), the poster reached an impressive £15,000 against an estimate of £7,000 - £10,000.
"From Russia With Love" - UK Quad - Excellent condition
Not far behind was a UK Quad for the second Bond film, 1963’s “From Russia With Love”, with illustration by Italian artist Renato Fratini. This poster was also in ‘excellent’ condition. Against an estimate of £5,000 - £6,000, it hammered at £11,250.
"Dr. No" - UK Quad - Good condition
In a sure sign that condition is important to value (but that even posters with some wear are highly collectable), another UK Quad for “Dr. No”, this time in ‘Good’ condition, with some rips and areas of paper-loss, closed at £10,000 against it’s estimate of £5,000 - £6,000.
"Goldfinger" - UK Quad - Good condition
The third of the Bond film series, 1964’s “Goldfinger”, also delivered a super result, with a UK Quad in ‘Good’ condition hammering at the top of its estimate range at £5,000.
"You Only Live Twice" - UK Quad - Good condition
We are big fans of artist Robert McGinnis, so were delighted to also see a UK Quad for 1967’s “You Only Live Twice” deliver a superb result. In good condition, it closed at £2,250 against an estimate range of £500 - £600.
Original movie posters for Star Wars and the Carry On films also performed well in a superb auction that featured over 400 posters from more than 300 different films.
In a sure sign of the widespread interest in original movie posters and memorabilia, the BBC also covered the auctions results.
We always carry a great selection of original James Bond posters. Why not take a look?
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.