NEW YORK – A cavalcade of cowboys rides tall in a Jasper52 auction of western movie posters from Hollywood’s golden age on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Stars feature range from Tom Mix and Tim McCoy to John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The silent movie era is represented in the 47-lot collection with a rare poster from The Adventures of Buffalo Bill, an early docudrama featuring the famous scout, bison hunter and showman William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917). The stone lithographed poster is expected to sell for $12,000-$14,000.
Tom Mix was Hollywood’s first western star and helped define the genre during the silent movie era. A stone litho poster for The Drifter (1929) has $10,000-$12,000 estimate.
Cowgirls are also featured, such as Marie Walcamp’s romp in Tempest Cody Rides Wild (Universal, 1919). This 27-by-41-inch stone litho poster has a $10,000-$12,000 estimate.
John Wayne makes an appearance in The Lawless Frontier (1934) in which a Mexican outlaw murders his parents. In the movie the Duke partners with George “Gabby” Hayes for retribution. A poster from this B Western is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
Buck Jones, who was born Charles Frederick Gebhart in Indiana, became a star of westerns in the 1920s. A poster for his Chain Lightning (1927) depicts Jones on horseback chasing down a bad guy (est. $4,500-$5,500).
Col. Tim McCoy’s Real Wild West is a chromolithograph poster from the western movie star’s short-lived 1938 wild west show (est. $5,000-$6,000).
Additional movie posters feature singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.