Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that the most comprehensive collection of James Bond movie posters to ever reach the market will be a part of their December 15 & 16 Hollywood Auction in Los Angeles. Not only is every title in this perennial and ever more popular series represented with an extensive range of the regular release posters, stills, and other ephemera (most rare enough in their own right), this collection also offers a number of truly scarce “holy grails” of James Bond poster collecting. The Bond poster collection is estimated to bring in over $200,000. Highlights are below.
A “Dr. No” Special Advance Silkscreen U.K. Double-Crown (20in x 30in) Poster from 1962. This poster is arguably the very first “James Bond/ 007” film poster to appear to the public. The poster is exceedingly rare, and without question a “holy grail” of film poster collecting. Very Fine on linen, with only minimal routine retouching. It is expected to fetch $3,000 – $5,000.
“From Russia With Love” World-Premiere Advance U.K. Quad (30in x 40in) Poster from 1963. The poster is a special advance Leicester Square world-premiere quad poster. It is quite possibly the rarest of all theatrical-release James Bond posters, with very few originally printed for the premiere screenings, and less than a handful believed extant. The artwork is done by by Renato Fratini. It is expected to fetch $10,000 – $15,000.
“Goldfinger” U.K. Advance Double-Crown (20in x 30in) Poster Style ‘A’ from 1964.This poster is considered one of the great rarities of James Bond poster collecting. It is expected to fetch $4,000 – $6,000.
“Goldfinger” U.K. Advance Double-Crown (20in x 30in) Poster Style ‘B’ from 1964.Like the style ‘A’ this is also considered one of the great rarities of James Bond poster collecting. It is expected to fetch $2,000 – $3,000.
“Thunderball” U.K. Quad (30in x 40in) Poster from 1965. This is a ‘Quad’ poster, first issue with sea-foam green background (later printings exist with white background). Along with “From Russia With Love,” this art illustration by Robert McGinnis is arguably the other most attractive and desirable for any of the U.K. poster designs. It is expected to fetch $4,000 – $6,000.
With well over 100 original posters and another 100+ stills, lobby cards, scripts, pressbooks and more, this offering vastly eclipses the 1998 Christie’s South Kensington “James Bond 007” sale. In the upcoming weeks, more James Bond memorabilia from this unbelievable collection will be detailed.
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985.
Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com