Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction that took place between June 25-26 in Beverly Hills was a resounding success. It raised a total of over $1.45 million, buyer’s premium included. One of the most important lots was a remarkable three sheet movie poster for the 1926 The American Venus silent film by Paramount.
It was a big budget film that is now considered to be a lost film, with only a couple of trailers and short segments in Technicolor still existing in the Library of Congress collection. Showing the iconic Louise Brooks, the poster fetched $35,850. American Venus was Brooks’ second movie, and her role in it was a rather minor one, but in time she achieved a cult status, being one of the most popular actresses of her time.
Also an important lot at the auction was a 1932 United Artists one sheet poster for The Wayward Canary by Disney, showing Mickey and Minnie Mouse playing music together. This one raised $26,920. Bidders at the auction also showed a high interest in Universal Horror movie posters, such as a 1935 Belgian one sheet for Bride of Frankenstein ($20,315), and a 1943 one sheet for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man ($15,535).