Iconic Movie Posters to go under the Hammer


Ewbank’s, the UK’s leading auction house for movie posters, has added an auction dedicated to them on 2nd August due to unprecedented demand. Alastair McCrea, Ewbank’s entertainment memorabilia specialist, explains: “We’ve had a record year selling movie posters in terms of both their quality and quantity. As a result, more and more sellers are entrusting us with their collections, which in turn is attracting increasing interest from buyers.”

The sale features work by famous graphic artists including Arnaldo Putzu, Saul Bass and Robert McGinnis, as well as posters for iconic films including James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, featuring artwork by Brian Bysouth and illustration by Bill Gold.

Two Bond posters by Robert McGinnis have been consigned for sale: Thunderball, released in 1965 and You Only Live Twice from 1967. Thunderball, starring Sean Connery as Bond, is one of the most valuable lots on sale, with a guide price of £1,500 to £2,500 (Update - Sold for £1,800). You Only Live Twice, also starring Connery, with the famous ‘Bathtub’ artwork has an estimate of £800 to £1,200 (Update - Sold for £1,800).

McGinnis is a world-renowned award-winning artist, with a 60-year career. He has created artwork for more than 40 film posters, including other Bond films such as Diamonds Are Forever, and Live and Let Die; as well as the classic movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Odd Couple and Barbarella. He also illustrated for many magazine articles and the covers of more than 1,200 paperback books, specifically during the pulp fiction boom in the 1960s and 1970s.


Another high value lot is a poster for the seminal 1971 Michael Caine film, Get Carter, which is going on sale with a guide price of between £1,500 and £2,500 (Update - Sold over estimate at £2,800). The striking poster was created by Italian artist Arnaldo Putzu, who died in 2012 aged 85, and was regarded as one of the most distinctive illustrators of his generation. His eye-catching style was the epitome of popular artworkin the UK throughout the 1960s and 70s.

A one-sheet poster promoting the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic horror, Vertigo, is also in the sale with an estimate of £800 to £1,200 (Update - Sold for £1,600). The minimalist graphic artwork by Saul Bass, inspired a generation of film poster artists, who sought to recreate the simple and bold use of colour and black lines. Bass didn’t work on a huge number of posters, but many of them and his title sequences have grown to be as famous as the films they were advertising.

Other posters of note in the auction include one for The Man With The Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore, which is on sale with an estimate of £400 to £600 (Sold for £1,200); and another for the 1960
John Wayne film, The Alamo, which carries an estimate of £150 to £250 (Sold for £160).

If you fancy getting your hands on one, you can do it sat at home, as there’s live Internet bidding. Also, make a note that the 5th of October brings yet another Vintage Posters Auction, so make sure you keep an eye on their website for more details.


Woo Gilchrist