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1927 Babe Comes Home Movie Poster Insert
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $23,500.00
Exceedingly rare and, prior to its very recent discovery, previously unknown movie poster insert for the 1927 First National Picture release Babe Comes Home starring Babe Ruth. This spectacular insert was unearthed just last year and is one of only two known examples. The other example was discovered at the same time and both were found in a most unlikely place: the interior wall of a home being renovated. As incredible as it sounds, these two posters were among a significant group of 1920s movie posters which had been used as insulation in the walls of the home during its construction. What makes the discovery of the two Babe Comes Home insert posters all the more significant is the fact that this insert was previously completely unknown. Rarely does such a significant movie poster discovery occur at such a late date, seventy-nine years after the date of issue, or in a more unlikely manner. All memorabilia relating to the Babe Comes Home is incredibly rare. The film itself has been lost and currently the only other theatrical promotions from the film known to have survived are two different styles of one-sheet movie posters, two different styles of half-sheet posters (one of which was once a part of famed The Barry Halper Collection and now resides in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame), a complete set of lobby cards (the title card appears as a separate lot elsewhere in this auction), and a few smaller promotional pieces, including a herald. In many ways, this is the most visual of all the surviving pieces. The insert pictures a large image of Ruth at bat, as well as a smaller portrait image of him with his costar, and love interest in the film, Anna Nilsson. Inserts, because of their great display value yet slightly smaller size compared to standard one-sheets, have always been extremely popular among collectors. Few baseball items enjoy the great crossover appeal of movie posters, and a piece such this, due to its great rarity and significance, represents a "holy grail" for both baseball and movie poster-collectors alike. Babe Comes Home was the second feature film to star the Yankees legendary slugger and it was released in sound, so that for the first time fans could hear the Babe speak on screen. Produced in 1927, to capitalize on his record-breaking performance that season, the film was a hit with both fans and critics. In its review of the film Variety noted "As a film star, Babe (George Herman) Ruth delivers almost as handily as on the diamond, which is saying much both ways for the King of Swat." Ruth obviously enjoyed the film as well, for he reportedly confessed to having sat through the six-reeler ten times. This is a significant collecting opportunity. The other example was sold at auction in 2006 and it is unlikely a third will ever be discovered. The poster has been consigned directly from the movie-poster expert who is representing the owners of the house and handling the sale of the find on their behalf. The poster has been completely restored to the point that it now appears just as it did at the time of its printing. All of the colors are bold and vibrant and the piece features a museum-quality poster-board backing. Gem Mint in appearance. Dimensions: 14 x 36 inches. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $23,500.00
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