Franklin J. Schaffner's Papillon debuted on December 16, 1973, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Valuable Papillon movie memorabilia includes one sheet and half sheet posters, presskits, lobby card sets, movie stills and Japanese, Australian, Romanian and Yugoslavian movie posters.
Allied Artists' Papillon came to movie theaters in 1973. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon and Anthony Zerbe, Papillon features McQueen and Hoffman as a pair of prisoners who make their escape from the infamous penal colony at French Guiana. Made for $12 million, Papillon debuted on December 16, 1973, earning a lone Academy Award nomination for Best Original Dramatic Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith).
Here are ten valuable Papillon movie posters and collectibles that should interest Steve McQueen fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Papillon...is a big, brave, stouthearted, sometimes romantic, sometimes silly melodrama with the kind of visual sweep you don't often find in movies anymore." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times (12/17/73).
Papillon One Sheet Movie Poster
A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very good/fine condition brought $28 at auction. Papillon is based on the rather dubious memoirs of Henri Charriere a.k.a. "Papillon" (1906-1973), who was sent to French Guiana in 1931 following a murder conviction in Paris.
Papillon one sheet poster $28
Papillon 30x40 Movie Poster
A 30x40-inch movie poster in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $25. European producer Robert Dorfmann had originally purchased the movie rights to Henri Charriere's 1969 best-selling book for $600,000.
Papillon Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in near mint/mint condition brought $36 at auction. Franklin J. Schaffner was paid $750,000 to direct Papillon.
Papillon lobby set $36
Papillon Movie Stills
A collection of twelve 8x10-inch black-and-white movie stills in very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $21. Papillon was filmed primarily in Jamaica and Spain.
Papillon Yugoslavian Movie Poster
A Yugoslavian movie poster (19x27-inches) in very fine condition brought $34 at auction. Steve McQueen in the title role earned a salary of $2 million plus a percentage of the film's gross.
Papillon Yugoslavian poster $34
Papillon Movie Presskit
A Papillon movie presskit – distributed to members of the media – in very fine- condition sold at auction for $56. The kit contains 47 black-and-white stills, cast biographies and movie credit information.
Papillon Japanese B2 Movie Poster
A Japanese B2 movie poster (20x28-inches) in very fine condition brought $53 at auction. Papillon came to Japan on March 23, 1974.
Papillon Japanese B2 poster $53
Papillon Australian Daybill Movie Poster
An Australian daybill movie poster (13x30-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $32. Dustin Hoffman earned $1.25 million for his role as counterfeiter Louis Dega.
Papillon Romanian Movie Poster
A Romanian movie poster (13x19-inches) in very fine condition fetched a top bid of $21 at auction.
Papillon Romanian poster $21
Papillon 1977 Reissue One Sheet Movie Poster
Allied Artists re-released Papillon in 1977. A 1977 reissue one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $39. The real Papillon made his escape from French Guiana a.k.a. Devil's Island in 1945.
Papillon 1977 reissue one sheet poster $39
Papillon Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Papillon half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine/very fine condition $23
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