Joan Crawford (1905-1977) rates as one of the greatest actresses of the studio era. Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, Crawford made her motion picture debut as Bobby in Pretty Ladies (1925). A contemporary of rival Bette Davis, the talented and temperamental Crawford earned three Best Actress Oscar nominations for Mildred Pierce (1945, won), Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). Here are ten valuable Joan Crawford movie posters and other memorabilia which should interest Crawford fans and collectors...
Joan Crawford Autographed George Hurrell Portrait
An early 1930s 10x13 portrait snapped by the famous Hollywood photographer George Hurrell for MGM and autographed by Joan Crawford sold at auction for $1,015.75. It reads: "To Allen Fox Sincerely Joan Crawford." Fox was a bit movie player in the 1930s and '40s.
Joan Crawford signed portrait $1,015.75
Joan Crawford 1932 Original Art Magazine Cover
American illustrator McClelland Barclay (1891-1943) rendered the Joan Crawford art for the cover of New Movie magazine, November 1932. The original oil on canvas brought $21,510 at auction.
McClelland Barclay original art depicting Joan Crawford $21,510
Joan Crawford Handwritten Signed Letter
A 1939 letter on personal stationery handwritten and signed by Joan Crawford sold at auction for $209.13. This item is called an ALS – autographed letter signed – in the autograph field.
One-page Joan Crawford letter $209.13
Mildred Pierce (1945) One Sheet Movie Poster
Joan Crawford scored her one and only Academy Award playing the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945). A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition brought $896.25 at auction.
Johnny Guitar (1954) Insert Movie Poster
Joan Crawford plays Vienna in the 1954 Republic Pictures western Johnny Guitar. An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in folded fine condition sold at auction for $149.38.
Possessed (1947) One Sheet Movie Poster
Joan Crawford earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Louise Howell in Possessed (1947). A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in folded fine+ condition brought a reasonable $38 at auction. Crawford had appeared as Marian Martin in a previous 1931 movie also titled Possessed.
Sudden Fear (1952) Insert Movie Poster
Joan Crawford earned her third Oscar nomination as Myra Hudson in RKO's Sudden Fear (1952). An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in folded very fine- condition sold at auction for $131.45.
Sudden Fear insert poster $131.45
Strait-Jacket (1964) Lobby Card Set
Joan Crawford stars as Lucy Harbin in the camp horror thriller Strait-Jacket (1964). A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought a bargain $20 at auction.
Strait-Jacket lobby set $20
Daisy Kenyon Three Sheet Movie Poster
Joan Crawford garners the title role in Daisy Kenyon (1947). A big restored three sheet poster (41x81-inches) in fine/very fine condition preserved on linen sold at auction for $216.20.
Joan Crawford Dixie Cup Premium Photo
A 1934 9x11-inch color photo of Joan Crawford produced by Dixie Cups in fine condition fetched a top bid of $15 at auction.
Joan Crawford Dixie Cup photo $15
Joan Crawford Movie Memorabilia Credits
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Joan Crawford and Robert Young in MGM's The Shining Hour (1938) lobby card in very fine- condition $54
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