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Rare movie posters found in attic fetch $503K

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    This February 2012 photo provided by Heritage Auctions in Dallas shows a movie poster for the 1931 poster for ?Dracula? starring Bela Lugosi. This and other rare classic movie theater posters found in a northeastern Pennsylvania attic are scheduled to go to auction March 23. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)
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    This February 2012 photo provided by Heritage Auctions in Dallas shows a movie poster for the 1931 film "Little Caesar" featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. This and other rare classic movie theater posters found in a northeastern Pennsylvania attic are scheduled to go to auction March 23. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)
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    This February 2012 photo provided by Heritage Auctions in Dallas shows a movie poster for the 1931 film ?The Public Enemy? featuring James Cagney. This and other rare classic movie theater posters found in a northeastern Pennsylvania attic are scheduled to go to auction March 23. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)
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PHILADELPHIA >> A collection of rare movie theater posters found in a northeastern Pennsylvania attic has fetched a total of $503,000 at auction.

The sale of 33 posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood ended Friday at Heritage Auctions in Texas.

The auction house said a rare 1931 poster for the movie "Dracula" topped the list with a selling price of $143,400. It sold to an anonymous overseas buyer.

A surprise of the auction was the $101,575 price paid for the rare poster of the 1931 movie "Cimarron," the first Western to win the Best Picture Academy Award.

The posters were stuck together with wallpaper glue when they were purchased for around $30,000 at a country auction last fall in Berwick. The rare find was revealed as they were steamed apart.

 

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