Classics, thrillers & art house flicks co-star in Jan. 2 Film Posters sale

1960 British poster for the film Peeping Tom, 30 x 40in., est. $1,000-$1,200

NEW YORK – The easiest, smartest way to add color and interest to a room’s décor is with a movie poster. It doesn’t matter whether the space in question is a media room, a man cave, or a glamorous bedroom overlooking the sea – there’s a poster to suit every wall.

An exciting selection of nearly 200 popular vintage and contemporary film posters will be auctioned by Jasper52 on Wednesday, January 2nd. Bid absentee or live via the Internet exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

Posters advertising some of the most acclaimed motion pictures of the last century are slated for Jasper52’s auction block. If your preference is for cinematic classics, it would be hard to top the French poster (1995 re-release) promoting one of the world’s most beloved film, The Wizard of Oz. Measuring 47 by 63 inches, it is estimated at $250-$300. Also not to be missed are posters for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, $250-$300; and Audrey Hepburn’s acting tour de force Breakfast at Tiffany’s, $300-$350.

Italian poster for Blow-up, starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings, 1970s re-release, 39 x 55in., $2,500-$3,500

The Swinging Sixties come to life in an Italian 1970s (re-release) poster for Blow-up, the 1966 mystery thriller starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who thinks he has unwittingly captured a murder on film. Considered quite radical for its time, Blow-up is regarded as the embodiment of no-holds-barred 1960s London. The poster is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

Another ’60s film that was shocking for its time is Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, whose most famous scene depicts Swedish bombshell Anita Ekberg’s character “Sylvia” wading in Rome’s Trevi Fountain. The 1960 portmanteau weaves together a series of episodes that follow a paparazzo (Marcello Mastroianni) through his fruitless weeklong pursuit of love and happiness in Rome. The poster for this film, which the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, is entered with an $800-$1,000 estimate.

1961 poster for Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, half sheet, 22 x 28in., est. $800-$1,000

Other cult and art-house pics represented in the sale include Harold & Maude, and Breathless. Additionally, there are posters for fan favorites starring Bruce Lee (Fists of Fury), $400-$500; and Clint Eastwood (For a Few Dollars More), $90-$110.

For sci-fi fans, the sale offers several gems, including three Proctor & Gamble cross-marketing posters with Star Wars characters, $70-$80 each; and a Japanese poster (1995 re-release) for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, $2,000-$2,500.

Japanese poster for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1970s re-release, 29 x 40in., est. $2,000-$2,500

A 1960 poster for the British psychological horror/thriller Peeping Tom, indicating an X rating, measures 30 by 40 inches and is expected to make $1,000-$1,200. Peeping Tom was severely panned by critics after its release, but it later attracted a cult following and is now widely regarded as a masterpiece of its genre as well as a precursor to contemporary slasher films. Even the venerable Martin Scorsese has openly praised Peeping Tom and its director, Michael Powell, for breaking new ground in the face of unrelenting criticism.

Also worthy of note in this auction is an extremely rare non-film-related poster designed by Andy Warhol that advertises Levi’s 501 Jeans. Printed in 1984 in Japan, the 20- by 29-inch poster comes to the auction block with a $1,000-$1,200 estimate.

Andy Warhol-designed poster for Levi’s 501 Jeans, 1984, Japan, 20 x 29in., est. $1,000-$1,200