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Magazine    March 2001

A cache of movie posters discovered nearly 50 years ago is being offered for auction at Christies on March 27 in London to coincide with the Oscars in America. The posters, from a private U.S. collector, span filmmaking from the 1930s to the 1980s and are in English, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.

Among the rarer pieces are a partially restored 1932 copy of The Mummy, with an auction estimate of £30,000 to £50,000 and a U.S. one-sheet for Blonde Venus £6,000 to £9,000.

For those considering film posters as art, an unfolded 60x40 inch U.S. poster for Breakfast At Tiffany's (top left), depicting Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (estimate £2,000 to £3,000), or Woody Allen’s Manhattan are attractive, and the 1945 poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (estimate £1,500 to £2,500) offers a dramatic view of Ingrid Bergman.

The offering also includes early Western titles and lots of 007 films.

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