Hey there. Yeah, you. You look like a discerning chap, so let me ask you something. You got a couple thousand bucks on you right now? No, no, calm down, this isn’t a stick-up. I’m just saying if you do have that much disposable cash burning a metaphorical hole in your equally metaphorical pocket, you might want to check out the new Heritage auction that’s currently underway, featuring gorgeous posters from Metropolis, the Star Wars films, and dozens of classic ’50s and ’60s SF films. Just look at this baby:
Unfortunately, none of this stuff is going to be a cheap impulse buy, with the bidding on some items already in the thousands of dollars. That’s a small price to pay for having a piece of cinematic history on your wall, is something someone with more money than me would say. But still, it’s nice to fantasize about a reality where we all have offshore accounts in the Cayman islands and could drop thousands of dollars on movie memorabilia without our significant other then murdering us while we sleep.
The auction isn’t limited just to science fiction posters, but there are a damn lot that fall into that category. And this stuff is making me salivate a bit because I love the style of those posters for old SF movies like Invaders From Mars and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Here’s Heritage’s official description of the auction, which you can find right here, and a gallery of some of the more awesome posters involved below.
More than 50 lots of some of the rarest posters from the original Star Wars movie and its first two sequels are being offered at Heritage Auctions’ July 25 and 26 Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction.
The posters, originally released between 1977 and 1982, are among more than 1,300 lots of some of the rarest and most desirable vintage movie posters to come to auction, according to Grey Smith, Heritage’s Director of Movie Posters. They originate in the collection of the late John Williams (not to be confused with the composer of the same name), who passed away earlier this year.
‘This once-in-a-lifetime selection includes the rare nylon banner produced for Star Wars’ initial release,’ Smith said, ‘along with an autographed poster produced for the Star Wars concert series with artwork by John Alvin and signed by George Lucas as well as the scarce Howard Chaykin promotional poster autographed by the artist.’
The auction includes nearly all poster styles used at U.S. theaters for Lucas’ original three films, plus many used for worldwide distribution, including rare Russian, Polish, Japanese, French, British and German posters.