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Press Release - November 24, 2003
BABE RUTH MOVIE POSTER SELLS FOR $138,000DALLAS, TEXAS: As part of Heritage Galleries' $4 million popular culture auction November 20-23, held in Arlington, Texas in conjunction with WizardWorld Texas, the Vintage Movie Posters section was highlighted by a rare example of the one-sheet version of The Babe Comes Home realized $138,000 in spirited bidding.
The poster was purchased by William Hughes, a well-known collectibles dealer and movie poster collector, according to Heritage's movie posters expert, Grey Smith, who added, "We had several bidders just below him, all well into the six-figure range."
According to Hughes, "This was a poster I had coveted for a long time, and I had unsuccessfully tried to buy the only other known copy many years ago. I was very excited when I saw that the piece showed up at the Heritage auction. Their catalog description and photography made it practically irresistible, and Heritage is also very easy to work with. I'm just thrilled that I finally own this poster."
The poster was estimated at $90,000-150,000 and described as follows:
The entire movie poster section of the auction realized about $750,000 with numerous records smashed. The entire auction realized about $4 million and was extremely successful. More details to follow.
For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HeritageComics.com.
HCA specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, as well as vintage comic and animation art, illustration art, classic toys, movie posters and comics-related collectibles.
Prospective consignors and sellers of top-end comics material, toys, and original art are invited to call Grey Smith at 214-668-6928, Ed Jaster at 214-252-4288 or Fred McSurley at 214-252-4293 to discuss their rare comics and original illustration and comic art. Or visit http://www.HeritageComics.com and click on the "consign" tab. Or email Ed Jaster at EdJ@HeritageComics.com or Fred McSurley at FredM@HeritageComics.com
Movie poster consignors, please contact Grey Smith at 214-668-6928 or via email at GreySm@HeritageMoviePosters.com
To order the next three sale catalogs, visit Heritage's website to pay by credit card, or send a check or money order payable to Heritage Comics in the amount of $100 (a fraction of Heritage's actual cost-to-produce the catalogs) to:
Norma Pedrero, c/o Heritage Comics, 100 Highland Park Village, 2nd Floor, Dallas, TX 75205.