Vintage movie posters stars of sale

Around 300 lots of vintage posters, including valuable and rare examples from the world of movies and music, will go under the hammer in a timed sale held by a Surrey auction house in November.

One of the most valuable posters on sale is an original British Quad one advertising the 1965 James Bond film, Thunderball, which starred Sean Connery as Bond. It has been valued between £3,000 and £5,000 and features iconic artwork by Robert McGinnis.

An original poster advertising the 1965 James Bond film, Thunderball

There are many other valuable film posters of note, from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s to the modern day, which the team at Ewbank’s expects to be popular with buyers illustrating a nostalgic trend.

A poster for the much-loved 1963 film, The Great Escape, featuring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, has been valued between £2,500 and £3,500. Another poster carrying an estimate of between £2,500 and £3,500 is a US one-sheet poster for 1953 H.G. Wells’ film, The War of the Worlds.

A poster advertising 1968 movie, Girl on a Motorcycle, which starred Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull, is on sale with a guide price of £1,500 and £2,500.

In Halloween season, a poster for horror film Dracula A.D. 1972 starring the iconic duo of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, is bound to be popular with buyers. It’s folded and has been valued between £400 and £600.

Science-fiction fans will be interested in a rare poster for 1969 film Moon Zero Two, featuring artwork by renowned artist Tom Chantrell. It carries an estimate of between £200 and £400.

A poster for 1973 Bruce Lee film, The Way of the Dragon, has been valued between £150 and £250.

A rare early promotional poster dating from the early 1900s for Stepa Motor Fabrik Kosteletz, a central sales office in Jungbunzlau for the car factory, a city in the former central Bohemian region of the Czech republic, and an important centre for the Czech automotive industry. The poster has two removeable sliding panels at the top and bottom, and has a guide price of between £80 and £120.

Alastair McCrea, partner and entertainment and memorabilia valuer at Ewbank’s auctions, said: “Thanks to the incredible demand for vintage posters from both buyers and sellers, we have increased the frequency of these sales from four each year, to monthly. So, from now and throughout 2023, there will be even more chances for entertainment enthusiasts to get involved with buying and selling vintage posters, so do get in touch with the tam for any valuation requirements.”

The sale takes place on November 4.