Top Hat Movie Poster Sets Record

top hat posterA rare 1935 one sheet poster from the movie Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers stole the show and set a new record at Turner Classic Movies(TCM) auction Picture Perfect: The Art of Movie Posters when it sold for $37,5000 on the 20th July.Pictured: Top Hat – RKO, 1935. One sheet poster, linen-backed. An extremely rare poster for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ most successful film pairing. Top Hat is exemplary of the stylish costumes, elaborate sets, and brilliant dance numbers that characterized Astaire and Rogers’ nine films for RKO. Additionally, several of the songs written for the film by Irving Berlin are still standards today, including “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Top Hat was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1990. 27 x 41 in.

Other posters at the sale included: 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 “café style” Italian poster for La Dolce Vita (1960) made $17,500.For more information visit Bonhams.com

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