Robert Edward Auctions is honored to have been chosen to present what is by far the finest and most advanced vintage Three Stooges lobby card and movie poster collection to ever come to auction. All Three Stooges movie posters and lobby cards are extremely rare and have long been recognized as “blue chips” by advanced collectors in the movie poster world as well as among Three Stooges collectors. The offering of just a few lobby cards and posters is a rare collecting event. This remarkable collection has been assembled over a period of thirty years. The collection spans from their first year of making films in 1934 (including the one-sheet for The Three Stooges’ very first short, “The Woman Hater’s Club,” which is an iconic rarity deserving of display in the Smithsonian), all the way up to a one-sheet for their final short in 1956. Included are an astounding total of 101 different Three Stooges one-sheets (including seven extraordinary examples from the 1930s and seventeen early 1940s Stooges one-sheets featuring Curly) and 153 lobby cards (twenty-two extreme rarities from the 1930s, eighty-three 1940s lobby cards from shorts featuring Curly, and seventy-six cards from 1947-1955 shorts featuring Shemp).
This is an unprecedented offering and literally a once-in-a-lifetime collecting opportunity. The entire Three Stooges Collection will be presented over a series of several auctions. This first offering is comprised of forty-three lobby cards presented in 38 lots, plus six one-sheet movie posters. The lobby cards are highlighted by six remarkably rare cards from the 1930s, including an example from 1934’s Men In Black (which was personally purchased by our consignor directly from Moe Howard’s daughter decades ago) and 1935’s classic Hoi Polloi. The six one-sheet posters are all from extremely desirable early titles featuring Curly, and include two extraordinary 1930s examples (1935 Uncivil Warriors and 1938 Mutts to You).
There were only 174 short films in total made by The Three Stooges between 1934 and 1956. This collection has advertising one-sheets and lobby cards representing 115 of them. At REA, we have often joked that everything we know about the world, including about “high society” and stereotypes, really came from watching The Three Stooges. The truth is not far off! It is a special privilege to present what is by far the finest, most comprehensive and significant Three Stooges collection that has ever been seen (and probably ever will be seen) in the auction world, and in the process pay tribute to these comedic icons that have both been a mirror of, and made such a lasting impact on, American culture.
Catalogs mail the first week in April.
Bidding begins approximately April 7, 2014.
Auction closing date: April 26, 2014.
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