Among the highlights is this striking Lawrence of Arabia poster from 1962. The film, which won 7 Academy Awards, is considered one of the greatest and most influential in the history of cinema | Source: Sotheby's

Classic Collectables: Inside Sotheby’s Vintage Film Poster Collection

An original film poster may be the ultimate movie memorabilia. The classic collectables are loved by film fanatics and if they’re signed by a main star or director, even more so. As part of the ‘Life is Beautiful – London‘ Sotheby’s Auction, an unprecedented collection of original movie posters is up for sale from 27 August – 7 September.

The variety of rare vintage movie posters includes James Bond, Star Wars, Jaws and Natural Born Killers signed by Woody Harrelson and The Italian Job autographed by Michael Caine. The must-visit online auction offers the chance for film enthusiasts to own a piece of 100 years of cinematic history. Here’s a look at the best original movie posters going up for sale.

Star Wars (1977) Poster

A fine piece of Star Wars memorabilia from 1977 and the beginning of George Lucas’ one of the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time. The highly sought-after piece is a printer’s proof poster featuring the colour proof bar down the left-hand border.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Poster

Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece is a landmark production and is considered one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. This rare original release style E poster was used for wild pasting on New York city walls and subway stations capturing the experimental mood of the time.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Poster Signed by Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea

Another brilliant piece for sci-fi fans, this 2014 re-release poster was created for the British Film Institute. The original movie poster was signed by stars Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea at a special screening of the classic film. Citied as one of the ‘most influential movies of all time’, 2001: A Space Odyssey is based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.

Goldfinger / Agente 007, Missione Goldfinger (1964) Poster,

This Italian 1970s re-release of original James Bond movie posters was created to promote a very small James Bond film festival. The unique design is exceptionally rare with less than two of these posters surfacing to date. Starring Sean Connery as the titular character, 1964’s Goldfinger is one of the most iconic Bond films and the first of four Bond films that Guy Hamilton would direct.

Thunderball / Opération Tonnerre (1965) Poster

Another Italian 1970s re-release of original James Bond posters, this piece was uniquely designed for an Italian audience at a James Bond film festival. Only two of these posters have surfaced making it an extremely rare James Bond poster, this time featuring Sean Connery’s fourth outing as 007, 1965’s Thunderball.

28 Days Later (2002) Poster Signed by Danny Boyle

This original signed movie poster of the British horror film, 28 Days Later, features director Danny Boyle’s autograph. The 2002 movie poster is a rare piece as it’s quite unique to get a large movie poster signed by a director. The popular film follows four survivors of an incurable virus and features stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson.

Jaws (1975) Poster

This exceptionally rare poster joined a private collection in the 1990s and has only surfaced a few times since. The bus stop style poster features the now-iconic image of ‘Jaws’ lurking below a swimmer on the water’s surface. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic shattered box office records making A$472 million on a budget of just A$9 million.

Natural Born Killers (1994) Poster Signed by Oliver Stone and Woody Harrelson

It’s rare to find originally signed movie posters and even rarer to find one signed by both the star and director. The Natural Born Killers poster features both director Oliver Stones and main star Woody Harrelson’s signature in clear view. The classic movie, based on an original screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, includes a cast of Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., and Tommy Lee Jones alongside Harrelson.

The Italian Job (1969) Poster Signed by Michael Caine

Maybe Michael Caine’s most significant role, this extremely special poster was signed by the actor at the London premiere of Inception. A popular classic film that spawned a remake, this original signed movie poster is a rare piece of British movie memorabilia.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Signed Poster

A true one-of-a-kind piece, this Lord of the Rings poster features autographs of almost half the main actors. Originally printed in Thailand for international use, the poster features the signatures of Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and John Rhys-Davies.

The Lion King (1994) Poster Signed by James Earl Jones

This is a magnificent piece for Disney fans. The poster promotes the Oscar-winning film featuring the signature of James Earl Jones, who played the voice of Mufasa. The 1994 classic animation won two Oscars – Best Music, Original Song for Elton John and Tim Rice for the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and Best Music, Original Score for Hans Zimmer.

The King’s Speech (2010) Poster Signed

The critically-acclaimed British historical drama received 12 Oscar nominations in 2011, more than any other film that year, subsequently winning four, including Best Picture. This amazing movie poster promoting the 2010 film featuring very rare signatures of star Helena Bonham-Carter and Colin Firth and director Tom Hopper.

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