George Seaton's Miracle on 34th Street debuted on May 2, 1947, starring John Payne, Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn. Valuable Miracle on 34th Street movie memorabilia includes one sheet, insert and three sheet posters, lobby card sets, movie stills, autographed photos and foreign movie posters.
Twentieth Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street is an all-time holiday movie classic. Directed by George Seaton and starring John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall and William Frawley, Miracle on 34th Street features Payne as Fred Gailey, a lawyer who defends a man (Gwenn) claiming to be the real Kris Kringle a.k.a. Santa Claus! Made for $2.65 million, Miracle on 34th Street debuted on May 2, 1947, earning four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Story (Valentine Davies, won), Best Screenplay (George Seaton, won) and Best Supporting Actor (Gwenn, won).
Here are ten valuable Miracle on 34th Street movie posters and collectibles that should warm the holiday hearts of movie memorabilia collectors. "You see, Mrs. Walker, this is quite an opportunity for me. For the past 50 years or so I've been getting more and more worried about Christmas. Seems we're all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are sort of getting lost in the shuffle." - Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle to Maureen O'Hara's Doris Walker.
Miracle on 34th Street One Sheet Movie Poster
A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition on linen sold at auction for $2,270.50. Miracle on 34th Street was filmed in New York City and at 20th Century Fox Studios in Hollywood. The real Macy's Department Store was used by producers.
Miracle on 34th Street one sheet poster $2,270.50
Miracle on 34th Street Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought $657.25 at auction. It was studio head Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted that Miracle on 34th Street be released in May rather than in December. His reasoning: more people went to the movies during the summer.
Miracle on 34th Street Three Sheet Movie Poster
A restored three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in very fine- condition on linen fetched a top bid of $866.38 at auction. Edmund Gwenn actually played Santa Claus in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade of November 28, 1946, where he was introduced to the crowd by Philip Tonge, who plays Mr. Julian Shellhammer in the film.
Miracle on 34th Street three sheet poster $866.38
Miracle on 34th Street Australian One Sheet Movie Poster
An Australian one sheet movie poster (27x40-inches) in fine- condition sold at auction for $239. Miracle on 34th Street premiered in Australia on December 18, 1947. The Australian one sheet is very similar to the American one sheet poster.
Miracle on 34th Street Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in very fine- condition brought $1,912 at auction. Moviegoers in 1947 might have encountered these great cards on display in theater lobbies.
Miracle on 34th Street lobby set $1,912
Miracle on 34th Street 1947 First Edition Book
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies was published by Harcourt, Brace in 1947. A first edition, numbering a slim 120 pages, in near fine condition with its dust jacket sold at auction for $191.20.
Miracle on 34th Street first edition $191.20
Miracle on 34th Street Edmund Gwenn Autographed Photo
An 8x10-inch black-and-white photo autographed by Edmund Gwenn (1877-1959) in very fine condition brought $209.13 at auction.
Miracle on 34th Street Half Sheet Movie Poster
A half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) in very good/fine condition sold at auction for $862.50.
Miracle on 34th Street half sheet poster $862.50
Miracle on 34th Street Lobby Card
A single lobby card (11x14-inches) featuring John Payne (Fred Gailey) and Maureen O'Hara (Doris Walker) in very fine- condition brought $418.25 at auction. O'Hara originally didn't want to do Miracle on 34th Street as she was back in Ireland at the time. A reading of the script, however, changed her mind.
Miracle on 34th Street Movie Still
An original 8x10-inch black-and-white still featuring Edmund Gwenn as Santa Claus in excellent condition sold at auction for $1,075.50. Cecil Kellaway had turned down the role of Kris Kringle, which then went to his cousin Edmund Gwenn.
Miracle on 34th Street Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Miracle on 34th Street lobby card with John Payne and Maureen O'Hara in very fine- condition $418.25
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