Ten Valuable Laurel and Hardy Movie Collectibles

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Valuable Laurel and Hardy collectibles include vintage movie posters, lobby cards, window cards, comic books, autographs, glass slides and signed contracts from such films as Sons of the Desert, Beau Hunks and Babes in Toyland.

Before The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello and Martin and Lewis, there was Laurel and Hardy. Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) entertained millions with their unique brand of comedy, first appearing together on camera in The Lucky Dog (1921).

Here are ten valuable Laurel and Hardy movie collectibles. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"

Sons of the Desert (1933) Midget Window Card

In this MGM feature directed by William A. Seiter, Stan and Ollie fake a therapeutic cruise trip in order to attend the Sons of the Desert lodge convention in Chicago without their wives knowing it. A rare midget window card (8x14-inches) in very fine- condition brought $7,767.50 at auction.

Midget window card: Sons of the Desert (1933) - $7,767.50

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) Lobby Card

Uncle Sam wants you! – even the bumbling Laurel and Hardy who enlist in the U.S. Army in this popular MGM film. A lobby card (11x14-inches) featuring the duo as doughboys in fine/very fine condition sold for $836.50.

Lobby card: Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) - $836.50

Laurel and Hardy Autographed Photo

Laurel and Hardy autographs are always in demand. A photo signed by both men and inscribed to Lucille Ball and her second husband Gary Morton in excellent condition in frame fetched $1,434 at auction.

Signed photograph: Laurel and Hardy - $1,434

Bonnie Scotland (1935) Window Card

The boys find themselves in the British Army and on their way to India after a stop in Scotland to look into Stan's deceased uncle's estate. A window card (14x22-inches) in very fine condition sold for $1,553.50.

Babes in Toyland (1934) Italian Movie Poster

Laurel and Hardy have the starring roles in the first screen version of this classic fantasy. An Italian movie poster (25.5x39-inches) in very fine condition and preserved on linen brought $2,390 at auction.

Italian movie poster: Babes in Toyland (1934) - $2,390

Swiss Miss (1938) Title Lobby Card

In this MGM feature produced and co-directed by Hal Roach (with John G. Blystone), Laurel and Hardy play mousetrap salesmen who hit it big in Switzerland, only to lose their fortune to a swindler. A title lobby card (11x14-inches) in very fine- condition fetched $1,195.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Publicity Photo

A vintage 8x10 black-and-white MGM publicity photo from 1933 in fine condition sold for $310.70.

Publicity photo: Laurel and Hardy in 1933 - $310.70

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Signed Contracts

A pair of contracts circa 1932 on Hal Roach Studios letterheads signed separately by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy suspending their movie obligations for 60 days went for $2,629 at auction. During this time, Stan Laurel visited his father back in England with Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hardy accompanying him. The comedy team used it as a working vacation, where they were greeted in the UK by huge crowds of adoring fans.

Laurel and Hardy Comic Book #2 June 1949

From 1949-51 the St. John Publishing Co. produced Laurel and Hardy Comics. Issue #2 from June 1949 in very fine condition sold for $131.45.

Beau Hunks (1931) Lobby Card

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an emotionally wounded Ollie joins the French Foreign Legion with Stanley in tow. A lobby card (11x14-inches) in very fine condition featuring the boys in uniform and saluting brought a top bid of $687.13.

Lobby card: Beau Hunks (1931) - $687.13

Ten More Classic Laurel and Hardy Movie Memorabilia

  • Laurel and Hardy 1930s Kodak nitrate negative - $155.35
  • Al Hirschfeld 1999 original ink illustration of Laurel and Hardy's Sweet Dreams from Babes in Toyland - $7,300
  • A Chump at Oxford (1940) reissue insert movie poster (14x36-inches) from 1946 - $155.35
  • Double Whoopee (1929) lobby card - $597.50
  • Glass movie slide from Sons of the Desert (1933) - $239
  • Collection of seven original movie stills from Pardon Us (1931) - $131.45
  • Oliver Hardy's first contract with Hal Roach Studios dated February 6, 1926 - $1,792.50
  • Half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) from Sons of the Desert (1933) - $8,365
  • Laurel and Hardy British box office card (10x15-inches) from 1952 - $836.50
  • Larry Harmon's Laurel and Hardy DC comic book #1 from 1972 in graded/certified near mint 9.4 condition - $89.63

British box office card from Liverpool's Empire Theatre for week commencing May 19, 1952 - $836.50

Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy autographed publicity photo - $776.75

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