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1927 Babe Comes Home Movie Poster Insert Featuring Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $7,110
Exceedingly rare and, prior to its fairly recent discovery, previously unknown movie poster insert for the 1927 First National Picture release Babe Comes Home starring Babe Ruth. This spectacular insert is one of approximately four known examples, all of which were discovered together in 2006 in the most unlikely place imaginable: the interior wall of a home being renovated. As incredible as it sounds, this poster was one of a number of significant 1920s movie posters which had been used as insulation in the walls of the home during its construction. What makes the discovery of the Babe Comes Home insert posters all the more significant is the fact that this insert was completely unknown prior to that discovery. Rarely does such a significant movie poster discovery occur at such a late date, seventy-nine years after the date of issue, or in a more unlikely manner. All memorabilia relating to the Babe Comes Home is incredibly rare. The film itself has been lost and currently the only other theatrical promotions from the film known to have survived are two different styles of one-sheet movie posters, two different styles of half-sheet posters (one of which was once a part of the famed Barry Halper Collection and now resides in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame), a complete set of lobby cards, and a few smaller promotional pieces, including heralds. In many ways, this is the most visual of all the surviving pieces.
The insert pictures a large image of Ruth at bat, as well as a smaller portrait image of him with his costar, and love interest in the film, Anna Nilsson. Inserts, because of their great display value yet slightly smaller size compared to standard one-sheets, have always been extremely popular among collectors. Few baseball items enjoy the great crossover appeal of movie posters, and a piece such this, due to its great rarity and significance, represents a "holy grail" for both baseball and movie-poster collectors alike. Babe Comes Home was the second feature film to star the Yankees legendary slugger and it was released in sound, so that for the first time fans could hear the Babe speak on screen. Produced in 1927, to capitalize on his record-breaking performance that season, the film was a hit with both fans and critics. In its review of the film Variety noted, "As a film star, Babe (George Herman) Ruth delivers almost as handily as on the diamond, which is saying much both ways for the King of Swat." Ruth obviously enjoyed the film as well, for he reportedly confessed to having sat through the six-reeler ten times. This is a significant collecting opportunity. This is just the second example of this insert REA has ever handled. The first appeared as Lot 906 in our May 2007 auction, where it realized a final sales price of $23,500. Like ALL of the other three Babe Comes Home inserts that surfaced in that 2006 find, this poster was in Poor condition at the time of its discovery, displaying multiple tears (including one that completely bisected the poster), stains, and pinholes. Again, like ALL of the other known examples, the offered poster has benefitted from extensive professional restoration and is backed with acid-free paper. While most of the restoration work is evident to the naked eye, it remains quite unobtrusive and does not detract in the least from the poster's overall Excellent appearance. Dimensions: 14 x 36 inches. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,110
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