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Lot # 745 (of 873)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 The Babe Ruth Story Six-Sheet Movie Poster

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $3,450.00

Extremely rare and colorful six-sheet movie poster advertises the 1948 Allied Artists release The Babe Ruth Story. All materials for this film are very rare and desirable, but the massive six-sheet poster is virtually unheard of. We have never seen this rare giant offered before, and this is the only example our consignor, who is an extremely advanced longtime collector of sports movie posters, has ever seen. The small numbers produced combined with their large dimensions make the survival of six-sheets rare, and almost dependent on never having been used as intended. That is certainly the case with this gem, which has remained in essentially perfect condition, folded in its original state just as delivered to the movie theater by Allied Artists in 1948. This is a classic baseball poster of great magnitude in quality, size, and rarity. The film itself received somewhat mixed reviews. This unintentionally comical biography, starring a miscast William Bendix in the title role, 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. But the poster lives on, and this may well be the finest example in the world of this extraordinary and monumental Babe Ruth Story advertising display. The poster is folded as issued, with extremely minor separations at the weak points of a few folds as is standard with unrestored six-sheets, and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Measures 81 x 81 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$7,500. SOLD FOR $3,450.00


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