RareTop Hat Poster Tops Auction Block at Bonhams and TCM Auction

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Rare Top Hat Poster Tops Auction Block at Bonhams and TCM Auction

Los Angeles – July 21, 2015 - Hollywood’s golden age showcased its clout at the Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) auction, Picture Perfect: The Art of Movie Posters, on July 20, 2015. A rare one-sheet poster for Top Hat (1935) set a new world record price at auction of $37,500.

 An Italian poster for Lady from Shanghai (1947), adorned with a striking image of Rita Hayworth by artist Anselmo Ballester, sold for  $25,000, and a “caf style” Italian poster for La Dolce Vita (1960) made $17,500.

 There was also strong demand for original artwork.  A preliminary concept painting for Star Wars (1977) by poster artist Dan Goozee realized $16,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-12,000; A Bob Peak painting for Apocalypse Now (1979) poster made $11,250, while a Reynold Brown painting for Imitation of Life (1959) realized $6,250.

In November, Bonhams and TCM, who offer the definitive partnership in classic movie memorabilia, will once again come together for TCM Presents... Treasures from the Dream Factory.  Highlights include the dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), several screen-worn Marilyn Monroe dresses, Herman Mankiewicz’s personal “Rosebud” sled, as well as a racing suit worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans (1971) and property from the estate of Natalie Wood.


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About Bonhams
founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge, Oxford and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, and details of Bonhams' specialist departments, please visit


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