The great Bette Davis earned eleven Best Actress Oscar nominations during her incredible Hollywood career. Tough, brassy and always the consummate actress, Davis scored her first Academy Award playing Joyce Heath in Dangerous (1935). Valuable Bette Davis movie memorabilia includes autographed photos, movie posters, movie heralds, studio portraits and lobby card sets.
Bette Davis (1909-1989) was one of the queens of Hollywood during the 1930s and '40s. The talented, outspoken Davis made her film debut as Laura Madison in Bad Sister (1931). Bette Davis would go on to earn an incredible eleven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress: Of Human Bondage (1934), Dangerous (1935, won), Jezebel (1938, won), Dark Victory (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), All About Eve (1950), The Star (1952) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Here are ten valuable Bette Davis movie posters and other memorabilia which should interest fans and collectors...
Bette Davis 1935 Elmer Fryer Portrait
An 8x10 black-and-white portrait of Bette Davis as snapped by Elmer Fryer for Warner Bros. in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $101.58.
Bette Davis Elmer Fryer portrait photo $101.58
Bette Davis Autographed Photo
An 8x10 black-and-white portrait photo autographed by Bette Davis brought a bargain $69 at auction.
Bette Davis signed photo $69
Bette Davis Coloring Book
Merrill Publishing produced a 48-page Bette Davis Coloring Book in 1942. One unused example in fine/very fine condition brought $32 at auction.
Of Human Bondage (1934) Window Card
Bette Davis earned a Best Actress Oscar playing Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage (1934). A window card (14x22-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $1,792.50.
Of Human Bondage window card $1,792.50
Dangerous (1935) Half Sheet Movie Poster
Bette Davis won her first Oscar playing Joyce Heath in Dangerous (1935). A restored half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for a healthy $11,950.
Dangerous half sheet poster $11,950
Jezebel (1938) One Sheet Movie Poster
Bette Davis snagged her second Oscar playing Julie in Jezebel (1938). A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition on linen brought $7,170 at auction.
Dark Victory (1939) Movie Herald
Bette Davis plays Judith Traherne in Dark Victory (1939). A movie herald in very fine+ condition sold at auction for a reasonable $50.
Dark Victory movie herald $50
All About Eve (1950) Swedish One Sheet Movie Poster
Bette Davis stars as Margo in All About Eve (1950). A Swedish one sheet movie poster (27x39-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $155.35.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Lobby Card Set
Bette Davis plays Baby Jane Hudson opposite Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). A complete set of eight lobby cards in near mint condition brought $1,553.50 at auction.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? lobby set $1,553.50
Bette Davis 1934 Melbourne Spurr Portrait
Famed Hollywood photographer Melbourne Spurr expertly captured Bette Davis in 1934 via a stunning portrait photo for Warner Brothers. This 8x10 black-and-white still in very fine+ condition with its original credit snipe sold at auction for $167.30.
Bette Davis by Melbourne Spurr portrait photo $167.30
Bette Davis Movie Memorabilia Credits
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
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