An Ohio movie poster collector is selling his collection of posters.
No big deal? Not if you’re talking about Morris Everett, Jr., who claims to own the largest collection of lobby cards and movie posters in the world. Over the past few decades Everett acquired nearly 200,000 of these items reflecting nearly every movie ever made. In December, auction house Profiles in History is auctioning the entire collection as one lot. One private collector or institution will amass a collection that includes not only rare posters, but the only known specimens of certain movie ephemera, such as the only known remaining lobby card for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
According to the auction house, the lot of 196,000 pieces of film art reflecting 44,000 movies since 1907 is expected to fetch a minimum of $6 to $8 million.
The history of cinema is represented in Everett’s collection, in addition to the history of fashion and design. Advertising agencies and aspiring designers would be wise to download copies of the online catalog and galleries for a future photo reference. A collection like this doesn’t come around often, and a chronicle so interesting is something sure to give anyone hours of mesmerized gazing and gawking.
Check out the Profiles in History website here for more information, including a video interview with Everett.
The Morris Everett, Jr. collection of movie lobby cards, posters and ephemera hits the auction block December 17, 2014.