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Italian Poster for "Casablanca" Attracts $478,000 at Auction

  • Associated Press

FILE - Humphrey Bogart's son Stephen Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's daughter Pia Lindstrom attend the press conference for the 60th Anniversary of "Casablanca" gala tribute screening and DVD release event at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Aug. 11, 2003, in New York.

The only known surviving Italian issue poster for the classic movie "Casablanca'' has sold for $478,000 in Dallas at a public auction of vintage movie posters.

The firm Heritage Auctions says the price ties a record for the highest amount paid for a movie poster at a public auction.

The 1946 Italian poster — four years after the Oscar-winning movie was made and first shown in the U.S. — measures 55.5 inches (1,409.7 millimeters) by 78.25 inches (1,987.55 millimeters). It previously was owned by a collector in London.

Casablanca movie poster (Warner Brothers, 1946). First Post-War Release Italian 4 - Fogli (55.5" X 78.25") Luigi Martinati Artwork.
Casablanca movie poster (Warner Brothers, 1946). First Post-War Release Italian 4 - Fogli (55.5" X 78.25") Luigi Martinati Artwork.


Auction spokesman Eric Bradley says the buyer Saturday chose to remain anonymous.

Bradley said Sunday the price equaled the record amount paid in 2014 for a poster for "London After Midnight,'' a 1927 silent movie where Lon Chaney played a vampire.

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