It is our great pleasure this June to present the brand new website for The Reel Poster Gallery. As our previous website launched over 20 years ago, this exciting new development has been much awaited. The new site has been designed to make it really easy for visitors to find their desired poster as quickly as possible, or simply browse and be inspired.
Scrolling down on the homepage you are able to view our 2000 plus collection of posters for sale in a Pinterest style. If a certain poster catches your eye hover-over to find full details and clicking the star icon will ‘save it for later’.
Our Archive is an invaluable new feature allowing visitors to view our back catalogue of sold pieces, which will act as a useful reference for collectors. Furthermore, The Gallery has published several film books since it launched in 1991 and some copies are available in limited addition, our remaining stock is listed for sale in the Publications section.
In addition to original posters and reference books, The Gallery also sells original artwork, photographic stills and lobby cards – some of our favourites are pictured above. These are easily found using our search filter on the right hand side of the homepage where browsers can explore in a number of ways e.g. by type, actor, artist or price.
We hope you enjoy exploring the new website, and welcome any feedback you have in making the site as useful as it can be. Simply contact us or find us on Twitter.
Every year The Gallery selects one of the leading art shows around the world to curate an exhibition; it’s a wonderful opportunity for our clients to experience the original film posters and artwork in situ. The LA Art Show was our 2014 destination, and one could say a ‘return home’ for many of our posters, such was our close proximity to Hollywood.
The LA Art Show is the largest and longest running art fair in the West. While the sun beat down outside, the Downtown LA Convention Centre was alive with lecture series, special exhibitions and installations, while collectors arrived in their hoards browsing the 140 top tier galleries in participation. As you’d expect there was a glittering open night, and the event welcomed high profile art buyers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Barbara Streisand through its doors.
Our original movie posters were unique in the artworks on offer, receiving particular attention from Californian visitors, many of whom were employed by or closely linked with the film industry. It was no surprise therefore that Disney and original James Bond sold well in this environment, also Warhol. A particular highlight that drew an intrigued crowd of onlookers, was the sale of the French one-panel King Kong (1933), a dramatic and towering design at 63 x 47 inches by artist Roland Coudon (1887 – 1954) which sold for in excess of $30,000.
To find out which art show The Gallery will appear at in 2015, keep an eye on our news section.
This June the American Film Institute (AFI) pays homage to Jane Fonda bestowing upon her the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award in a gala tribute in Los Angeles for her contribution to the film industry.
Born in New York in the winter of 1937, Jane Fonda is part of an American acting dynasty. While others might have been defined by their place in the family tree, as daughter of an American screen legend Henry Fonda 12 Angry Men (1957), The Wrong Man (1956), and the wife of a famous director, Fonda carved her own unique path to stardom with lead roles in over 40 films over the course of her career. Joining the Actors Studio in 1958 she made her screen debut opposite Anthony Perkins in Tall Story (1960). Her acceleration to fame came in the 1960s with films such as Cat Ballau (1965) and Barbarella (1968), the highly-sexed French science fiction movie based on the comics of Jean-Claude Forest, directed by her husband at the time Roger Vadim. However, it was during the 1970s that her on screen talent was truly applauded winning two Academy Awards for ‘Best Actor’ in Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).
Off screen, Jane Fonda has been a writer, fashion model, political activist and famously a pioneer of the 1980s exercise video. Recently the industrious Fonda had a 15-year break from acting, returning at the age of 65. She currently appears in the HBO series The Newsroom.
The AFI award is presented to Fonda exactly 36 years after her father received the accolade, prompting an emotional acceptance: “I burst into tears. It’s the biggest honor. Bette Davis asked me to present it to her, many years ago in the 1970s. Barbara Stanwyck asked me to present it to her. And then, of course, my dad received it. I never thought it would happen to me.”