Orson Welles (1915-1985) left a lasting mark on Hollywood. His big film was the titanic Citizen Kane (1941), for which he will always be remembered and revered. His other acting roles include appearances in The Lady from Shanghai, The Third Man, The Black Rose and Touch of Evil. Valuable Orson Welles memorabilia includes movie posters, autographed photos and signed radio contracts.
Actor-writer-director Orson Welles (1915-1985) is one of the giants in Hollywood history. Welles made his film debut in the 1934 short The Hearts of Age, later appearing in such classic fare as Citizen Kane (1941), The Stranger (1946), The Third Man (1949), Moby Dick (1956) and Touch of Evil (1958). Here are ten Orson Welles movie posters and other film artifacts that are sure to interest fans and collectors...
Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941) Autographed Photo
Orson Welles stars as Charles Foster Kane in the 1941 classic Citizen Kane. An 8x10 black-and-white framed movie still signed by Welles sold at auction for $1,434.
Orson Welles signed Citizen Kane still $1,434
The Stranger (1946) Three Sheet Movie Poster
Orson Welles plays Professor Charles Rankin, an escaped Nazi war criminal, in The Stranger (1946). A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in very fine+ condition brought $776.75 at auction.
The Stranger three sheet poster $776.75
The Third Man (1949) Insert Movie Poster
Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949). An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in folded very fine condition brought $1,195 at auction.
Journey Into Fear (1942) Window Card
Orson Welles plays Colonel Haki in Journey Into Fear (1942). A window card (14x22-inches) in fine+ condition sold at auction for $167.30.
Macbeth (1948) One Sheet Movie Poster
Orson Welles has the title role in Macbeth (1948). A restored one sheet poster (27x41-inches) preserved on linen brought $310.70 at auction.
Macbeth one sheet poster $310.70
Othello (1952) British Quad Movie Poster
Orson Welles garners the title role in Othello (1952). A British quad movie poster (30x40-inches) in very fine condition brought a top bid of $334.60 at auction.
Othello British quad poster $334.60
Touch of Evil (1958) French Affiche Movie Poster
Orson Welles co-wrote and directed Touch of Evil (1958) and also appears as Hank Quinlan. A French affiche movie poster (22x31-inches) in fine+ condition sold at auction for $179.25. Claude Belinsky is the poster artist.
Touch of Evil French affiche poster $179.25
Jane Eyre (1943) One Sheet Movie Poster
Orson Welles stars as Edward Rochester opposite Joan Fontaine in Jane Eyre (1943). A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $299.
Jane Eyre one sheet poster $299
Treasure Island (1972) One Sheet Movie Poster
Orson Welles stars as Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1972). A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in folded near mint condition brought $31 at auction.
Orson Welles 1943 Signed Radio Contract
A two-page radio contract dated October 6, 1943, signed by Orson Welles sold at auction for $358.50.
Orson Welles 1943 radio contract $358.50
Orson Welles Movie Memorabilia Credits
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
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