Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies present Picture Perfect: the Art of Movie Posters, an auction exploring the history of cinema’s most important marketing tool. The sale – which takes place on July 20th at Bonhams Los Angeles – features more than 200 vintage movie posters, pieces of original poster art and lobby art from the earliest days of cinema, through the Golden Age to the modern blockbuster. Highlights will be shown in a full exhibition of all works in the auction at Bonhams Los Angeles from July 16-19. Picture Perfect offers several early examples of the earliest known movie posters such as Thomas Edison’s The Passion Play ($1,200-1,800). Other examples from early cinema include a banner for The Birth of a Nation ($3,000-5,000), a ‘one sheet’ for the 1917 film The Life of Buffalo Bill ($3,000-5,000), and a pair of lobby cards for the first American adaptation of Sherlock Holmes from 1922 ($700-90

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