Tantalizing tidbits from a movie poster auction

Here are just a few of the beautiful film posters currently on auction at the 2014 March 22 - 23 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions. Not exactly for the budget-minded, but we can admire from the sidelines, can't we?

Sullivan's Travels (Paramount, 1941). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B. "For only the second time, Heritage offers the rare style B one sheet from Sullivan's Travels. The sensuous image of Veronica Lake on the style A one sheet is a crowd pleaser, but the much more scarce style B, with a simple outline of Lake's striking features has an undeniable "wow" factor. Collectors will be hard pressed to find this gem again anytime soon ! Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000." —H.A. (This is one I would particularly like to have. I adore this movie and the graphics are beautiful. I own a small reproduction, but it doesn't nearly capture the vividness and impact of this original.)

Sullivan's Travels (Paramount, 1941). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B. "For only the second time, Heritage offers the rare style B one sheet from Sullivan's Travels. The sensuous image of Veronica Lake on the style A one sheet is a crowd pleaser, but the much more scarce style B, with a simple outline of Lake's striking features has an undeniable "wow" factor. Collectors will be hard pressed to find this gem again anytime soon ! Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000." —H.A. (This is one I would particularly like to have. I adore this movie and the graphics are beautiful. I own a small reproduction, but it doesn't nearly capture the vividness and impact of this original.)

Vertigo (Paramount, R-1961). International One Sheet (27.75" X 41.5"). "It was on Vertigo that Alfred Hitchcock invented the famous "dolly zoom" technique that gave the thrilling impression of James Stewart's fear of heights, a camera trick that has become part of the grammar of the cinema, including being famously used by Steven Spielberg in Jaws. The classic design by Saul Bass, Kim Novak being thrown from the tower, James Stewart having a psychological breakdown, and, best of all, Alfred Hitchcock's portrait are featured on this early reissue poster. Restoration has addressed two small tears in the left border, fold wear, a chip in the upper left, corner pinholes in the borders, and creasing near the folds in the left and right border. Very Fine- on Linen. Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000" " —H.A.

Vertigo (Paramount, R-1961). International One Sheet (27.75" X 41.5"). "It was on Vertigo that Alfred Hitchcock invented the famous "dolly zoom" technique that gave the thrilling impression of James Stewart's fear of heights, a camera trick that has become part of the grammar of the cinema, including being famously used by Steven Spielberg in Jaws. The classic design by Saul Bass, Kim Novak being thrown from the tower, James Stewart having a psychological breakdown, and, best of all, Alfred Hitchcock's portrait are featured on this early reissue poster. Restoration has addressed two small tears in the left border, fold wear, a chip in the upper left, corner pinholes in the borders, and creasing near the folds in the left and right border. Very Fine- on Linen. Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000" " —H.A.

Another Fine Mess (MGM, 1930). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Al Hirschfeld. "Another Fine Mess is a three reel remake of the silent Laurel and Hardy comedy short Duck Soup, an adaptation of a vaudeville sketch written by Stan Laurel's father. As most fans know, the title is in reference to Oliver Hardy's famous catchphrase "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.Delightfully impish, this poster showcases artwork by the famous caricature artist, Al Hirschfeld, and is the only copy known to exist. Even better, it is in spectacular condition! It shows light edge wear and wrinkling, and four small pieces of tape on the verso. It has a very tiny piece of paper almost seamlessly spliced into the lower border, tiny tears in the upper and lower border, and a 1" tear in the left border. For Laurel and Hardy fanatics, this highly revered and elusive poster presents an incredible collecting opportunity! Folded, Very Fine. Estimate: $25,000 - $50,000. " —H.A.

Trombone Trouble (RKO, 1944). Australian Daybill (13" X 30"). "Walt Disney's popular character Donald Duck takes center stage in this hilarious animated short. The crude and not too bright Pegleg Pete insists on practicing his trombone nightly, much to the disdain of neighbor Donald and gods Jupiter and Vulcan. In an attempt to put an end to Pegleg's horn blowing, the gods give the foul tempered fowl a bit of their power, of which Donald takes full advantage. A first for Heritage, this restored poster had a tear in the lower edge, chips in the left edge, and a small hole near the title. Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $600 - $1,200." —H.A.

A Night at the Opera (MGM, 1936). Pre-War Belgian (24" X 33.5"). "The Marx Brothers take aim at high society yet again in this, their first film for MGM after leaving Paramount. This comedy gem finds Groucho as the outrageous Otis B. Driftwood, companion to society matron Margaret Dumont. With the help of Chico and Harpo, he helps to smooth the path for opera singers Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones to find love. The film showcases a slew of big musical productions, including "Cosi, Cosa" aboard the steamship. A rare find, this delightful poster features artwork in the style of Al Hirschfeld, brilliantly capturing the outrageous and zany nature of the film with its playful caricatures of the comedy trio. Prior to restoration, the poster had pinholes in the borders and lower background corners, two small tears in the right border, and a tear at the vertical fold in the imprint area. Touchup has been applied to the folds. Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000." —H.A.

A Night at the Opera (MGM, 1936). Pre-War Belgian (24" X 33.5"). "The Marx Brothers take aim at high society yet again in this, their first film for MGM after leaving Paramount. This comedy gem finds Groucho as the outrageous Otis B. Driftwood, companion to society matron Margaret Dumont. With the help of Chico and Harpo, he helps to smooth the path for opera singers Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones to find love. The film showcases a slew of big musical productions, including "Cosi, Cosa" aboard the steamship. A rare find, this delightful poster features artwork in the style of Al Hirschfeld, brilliantly capturing the outrageous and zany nature of the film with its playful caricatures of the comedy trio. Prior to restoration, the poster had pinholes in the borders and lower background corners, two small tears in the right border, and a tear at the vertical fold in the imprint area. Touchup has been applied to the folds. Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000." —H.A.

That Girl from Paris (RKO, 1936). French Grande (46" X 62.25"). "Lily Pons plays a gorgeous French opera star who stows away on a ship to evade her overbearing fiancee. On board, she joins an American jazz group and falls for bandleader Gene Raymond. Artist Rene Peron evokes the sound of swing and sense of blossoming love on this charming French poster, a Heritage first. Only minor touchup to the folds can be noted. Very Fine+ on Linen. Estimate: $600 - $1,200.—H.A.

That Girl from Paris (RKO, 1936). French Grande (46" X 62.25"). "Lily Pons plays a gorgeous French opera star who stows away on a ship to evade her overbearing fiancee. On board, she joins an American jazz group and falls for bandleader Gene Raymond. Artist Rene Peron evokes the sound of swing and sense of blossoming love on this charming French poster, a Heritage first. Only minor touchup to the folds can be noted. Very Fine+ on Linen. Estimate: $600 - $1,200.—H.A.