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500 Hollywood Movie Posters Up for Auction

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On September 25, 2007 five hundred extremely rare movie posters from the Andrewski collection went up for auction. The collection included such classics as: Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz (French version: Le Magicien d’Oz) and Frankenstein.

It was the will of the late Gene Andrewski that other people get what he had, an opportunity to own some of the rarest, boldest and most beautiful movie posters of what he called “Hollywood’s glamour era.”

This Saturday, more than 500 items from the vast Andrewski collection of posters and lobby cards will be go up for auction at Ritchies in Toronto.

Because the items are drawn from what Ritchies auction administrator John Miller calls “the core of Mr. Andrewski’s collection” – items the collector couldn’t bear to part with while he was still alive – many elements haven’t been available at auction for years. Some, according to Miller, “have been out of the public eye for four decades.”

For the aficionado as well as the casual buff, it’s an overwhelming assembly – estimated values between $100 and $5,000 per piece – of vintage pop-cultural arcana.

The collection includes such top-tier classics as Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz (French version: Le Magicien d’Oz) and Frankenstein – expected to be the star of the show and bring upwards of $4,000 – to such savoury obscurities as They Came to Bomb America, Juke Girl and Susan and God.

Spanning from the heyday of Laurel and Hardy to the silver-screen coming out of the Fab Four, it offers an alternately lurid and delightful glimpse into the way dreams were marketed.

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