Listen up, Bond fans and movie collectors! Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood memorabilia, just announced an auction that will shake and stir you up.
It’s being called the “most comprehensive collection of James Bond movie posters to ever reach the market,” and it includes rare stills, lobby cards, scripts, pressbooks and other memorabilia from the whole 50-year-history of your favorite secret agent. Goods from every Bond film have been put together in the collection that will be held at auction in Los Angeles on December 15th and 16th. Together, the goods are expected to bring in over $200,000.
Joseph Maddalena, founder of Profiles in History, recently told The Hollywood Reporter “What makes this auction so special is that this collector acquired these posters over a tremendous span of his life. A collector will essentially have the opportunity to bypass many years of searching and find all these posters together in our once-in-a-lifetime auction.”
We present a few of the highlighting posters with their official descriptions from Profiles in History:
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.
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.
All images from Profiles in History’s press release