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Lot # 1172 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1953 Original One-Sheet Movie-Poster Artwork for In Society Starring Abbott and Costello

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,000

Original one-sheet movie-poster artwork for the 1953 Realart re-release of In Society starring Abbott and Costello. As can be seen here, the company's art-production team created the one-sheet poster by using a montage of photographic images, as opposed to illustrations, together with graphic designs for the title, catch lines, and credits. The artwork features a large photographic image of Abbott and Costello at the top, with small images of the pair in the middle and lower right. Additional photographic images picture a number of the film's costars, including the Fontane Sisters. All of the photos have been exactly cut to the contours of each individual, with the exception of the Abbott and Costello photo in the lower right, and are affixed to the art board. The catch line, "Their Funniest Of All!," is lettered directly on the board, while all of the other text has been printed onto sheets, which were then cut to specific sizes and applied to the board. In Society was originally released in 1944 by Universal, but Realart, as it often did, decided to forgo the original one-sheet poster design for this new, equally attractive design seen here.

It should be noted that original one-sheet movie-poster artwork is exceedingly rare, especially for films featuring such top stars as Abbott and Costello. Our consignor discovered both this piece and the other example in the auction (Superman and the Mole Men) together at a small movie-poster store in New York City during the late 1960s/early 1970s. During all his years of collecting, they were the only two original movie-poster artworks he ever came across and they remained in his sole possession until now. The art board (19.5 x 29 inches), which features a number of editorial lines along the borders, displays wear common to art production pieces of this age and size, including a number of tack holes along the border, edge tears, light creases, and minor staining along the base. Two of the originally affixed photos, one of Bud Abbott in the middle right, and the another of Arthur Treacher in the lower left, are no longer present, but the adhesive outlines of both images are clearly visible. While technically in Good to Very Good condition, nearly all of the flaws are relegated to the border and can easily be matted out, leaving it as striking in appearance as the finished poster.   Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,000

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