The Phantom of the Opera Movie Poster Brings $203,150 at Heritage Auctions

DALLAS—A scarce original one sheet poster for the 1925 horror classic The Phantom of the Opera—formerly from actor Nicolas Cage’s collection and one of four known to exist—sold for $203,150 in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Signature® Auction July 19-20 in Dallas. The $2.3+ million auction saw strong interest in pre-War movie posters as a rare Charlie Chaplin six sheet for Sunnyside, from 1919, sold for $71,700.

“It was very gratifying to watch 10 bidders vie for a chance to own The Phantom of the Opera one sheet,” said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. “Collectors know they have to respond when rarities like this come to market and I know it will be heading to a very good home.”

A stunning and highly-sought after insert for the cinema masterpiece Casablanca—a collector favorite and a rare survivor from 1942—sold for $83,650. Another rare survivor from one of the world’s most critically acclaimed films, a German poster for the 1931 unnerving classic M, sold for $50,787 following interest from 18 bidders.

Collectors of classic film images disregarded the $15,000 pre-auction estimate for an Italian foglio for La Dolce Vita. The gorgeous poster measuring 55 inches by 77-1/5 inches hammered for $47,800. Likewise, a rare, 1941 insert for The Wolf Man quickly cleared $47,800 against a $30,000 estimate.

A stunning Italian 2 foglio for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, depicting what many collectors consider the most fetching image of star Audrey Hepburn, sold for a strong $35,850. Another Italian 2 foglio for The Lady from Shanghai sold for $31,070.                                                                                                                                                  

The auction’s most valuable half sheet is from the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds; the rare style B version sold for $35,850. A full-bleed, style B one sheet from The Song of Songs, the 1933 Paramount classic, ended at $28,680; and an insert from the incomparable Citizen Kane closed at $26,290. A French grande style A poster for King Kong ended at $25,095.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

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