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Two 1948 The Babe Ruth Story Three-Sheet Movie Posters
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $587.50
Two identical three-sheet movie posters issued in promotion of the 1948 Allied Artists release The Babe Ruth Story . These rare posters are identical in design to the standard-issue one-sheet poster and feature all of the central characters, including four different illustrations of William Bendix in the title role. Three-sheets are big posters (41 x 78 inches), three times the size of standard one-sheet posters (28 x 41 inches), hence their name. They were distributed in much smaller numbers than smaller posters, because they required more space to display, and were issued in two sections due to their large size. The Babe Ruth Story has always been a "hit" with both baseball and movie-poster collectors. The film itself received somewhat mixed reviews. This unintentionally comical biography, starring a miscast William Bendix in the role of Babe Ruth, is generally considered the worst sports movie ever made. The movie was so dreadful that Ruth himself, while watching a private screening a month before his death, reportedly walked out of the theater halfway through the film. Although the film has been relegated to cinematic obscurity, the posters for the movie live on and remain extremely attractive display pieces for either home or office. This lot is comprised of two rare three-sheet posters which have been beautifully preserved and were obviously never used by the movie theater as intended. Each poster comes in two folded sections, as issued, with minor separations along the fold lines. One example is in Excellent condition, while the second displays a few additional tears along the lower left border and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Each measures 41 x 78 inches (when properly displayed). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $587.50
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