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Press Release - May 25, 2021

Re-Imagined Artwork Grabs Spotlight in Heritage Alternative Movie Posters Auction

Bill Sienkiewicz, Laurent Durieux, Tyler Stout among artists featured in growing market

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The Invisible Man alternative movie posters
DALLAS, Texas (May 25, 2019) — The popularity of the movie-going experience can be traced to any number of reasons, but for many, it can be boiled down to the ability of film makers to capture the imaginations of those in the audience, to offer the viewers a new experience that presents a new way of seeing the world around them.

Heritage Auctions will offer a similarly alternative view of what is considered "normal" in its Alternative Movie Posters' Special Online Auction June 8-22, an event that offers a trove of re-imagined artwork for posters from popular films.

All begin with no minimum bid.

"Alternative Movie Posters originally targeted something of a niche audience, but the medium has continued to gain greater and greater prestige among collectors," Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. "New prints will sell out of stock within minutes online, while some have their own special debuts at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery and such famed events as the San Diego and New York City Comic Cons.

"Ultimately, these stunning prints are becoming coveted items among movie fans and alternative art collectors and are sure to play a greater part in the future of the collecting hobby. This growing category has helped to shine a spotlight on the work of elite artists like Bill Sienkiewicz, Laurent Durieux, Eric Powell, Tyler Stout, Steve Chorney, Mark 'Jock' Simpson, Olly Moss, among others – all of which are featured in this auction."

The offered posters are exceptional, not just because the images differ from those so many film fans have ingrained in their minds, but also because a large number are created in limited quantity – sometimes as few as a couple of hundred copies – and often signed and numbered by the artists who created them.

"Mondo, which has its gallery in Austin, was a major innovator in this style of poster," Smith said. "They have partnered with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to celebrate the artwork and creativity that goes into movie posters.

"This sale has posters for major wide-release films like Star Wars and Jaws, as well as smaller independent films. In each case, artists have re-imagined the artwork to create Alternative Movie Posters, which have emerged as a cutting-edge collectible with a rapidly growing base of artists, fans and galleries. The posters in this sale have huge collectability, so popular that there are galleries like Mondo and Spoke Art that just display posters like these."

The Evil Dead Limited Edition alternative movie poster
Highlights in the event include, but are not limited to:

Jonathan Burton: The Invisible Man

Tyler Stout: Star Wars

Olly Moss: The Empire Strikes Back

Kevin Tong: The Iron Giant

Laurent Durieux: Jaws

Laurent Durieux: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds

Laurent Durieux: Die Hard

Laurent Durieux: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

For images and information about all lots in the auction, visit HA.com/42151.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet's most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,400,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.


Steve Lansdale, Public Relations Specialist
214-409-1699; SteveL@HA.com

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