Ten Valuable Casablanca (1942) Movie Posters & Collectibles

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Michael Curtiz's Casablanca debuted on November 26, 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Valuable Casablanca movie memorabilia includes one sheet and half sheet posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, autographed movie stills and French, German an

Warner Bros'. Casablanca rates as one of Hollywood's greatest movies. Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, Casablanca features Bogie as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate whose involvement with his old flame Bergman leads to danger and intrigue in early World War II North Africa. Made for $950,000, Casablanca premiered in New York City on November 26, 1942, earning eight Academy Award nominations: Best Picture (won), Best Director (Curtiz, won), Best Actor (Bogart), Best Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor (Rains), Best Film Editing, Best Black-and-White Cinematography and Best Music Scoring.

Here are ten valuable Casablanca movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest discerning movie memorabilia collectors with a little heft to their wallets. "Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake." Bogie as Rick Blaine to Dooley Wilson's Sam the piano player  

Casablanca One Sheet Movie Poster 

A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition on linen sold at auction for $11,950. Casablanca was principally filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. On-site locations included Flagstaff, Arizona, and Van Nuys, California, the latter of which served as the airport runway scene.

Casablanca one sheet poster $11,950

Casablanca Movie Pressbook

A movie pressbook in uncut very fine+ condition brought $1,195 at auction. Sample Casablanca advertising/poster images can be found inside.

Casablanca pressbook $1,195

Casablanca Window Card

A window card (14x22-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $7,767.50. Michele Morgan as Ilsa? Morgan had asked for $55,000 to play Bogie's lost flame but producer Hal B. Wallis got Ingrid Bergman for $25,000 instead.

Casablanca Lobby Card

A lobby card (11x14-inches) featuring Bogie and Ingrid Bergman in fine- condition brought $2,539.38 at auction. Hedy Lamarr was also considered for the role of Ilsa – one which she eventually played in the 1944 Lux Radio Theater presentation of Casablanca. Alan Ladd played Rick in the same drama.

Casablanca lobby card with Bogart and Bergman $2,539.38

Casablanca French Affiche Movie Poster

A restored post-World War II French affiche poster (31x46-inches) in fine+ condition on linen fetched a top bid of $11,352.50 at auction. Casablanca came to France on May 23, 1947.

Casablanca French affiche poster $11,352.50

Casablanca Ingrid Bergman Autographed Movie Still

An 8x10-inch movie still picturing Bogart, Dooley Wilson as Sam at the piano and Ingrid Bergman signed by the latter performer brought $310.70 at auction.

Casablanca German A1 Movie Poster

A post-World War II German A1 movie poster (24x34-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $388.38. Casablanca debuted in West Germany on August 29, 1952.

Casablanca German A1 poster $388.38

Casablanca Half Sheet Style B Movie Poster

A half sheet style B movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for a staggering $38,837.50. This particular poster is one of the rarest Casablanca items in the movie memorabilia field.

Casablanca half sheet style B poster $38,837.50

Casablanca As Time Goes By Movie Sheet Music

Sheet music from 1942 for Casablanca's timeless theme song "As Time Goes By" in fine/very fine condition brought $18 at auction.

Casablanca Czech Movie Poster

A post-World War II Czech movie poster (11x36-inches) in very fine/near mint condition fetched a top bid of $5,377.50 at auction. There was never any truth to the planted 1941 story that Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan were set to star in Casablanca.

Casablanca Czech poster $5,377.50

Casablanca Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Casablanca post-World War II French poster (63x90-inches) in fine/very fine condition on linen $16,100

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner

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Roberta Baxter
Posted on Sep 24, 2011