Motherlode of Mondo Prints Going to Auction
Once-in-a-lifetime collection going online this month
By Richard Whittaker,
8:00PM, Wed. Nov. 18, 2020
It's no secret that poster collectors dream of picking up those rare Mondo prints they missed out on back in the day. The Olly Moss Star Wars tryptic, all those Tyler Stouts. Now 2,000 Mondo prints from the private collection of Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, including rarities by print superstars, are going up for auction.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the reason is to help the Alamo Drafthouse through possibly the most perilous time in its entire history. As American enters the ninth month of the pandemic lockdown, cinemas are in incredible peril. The Drafthouse, for example, only has three of its six Austin locations, and those three are only open five days a week with reduced capacity and reduced screenings. There have been few blockbusters, almost none of the specialty screenings, and audiences have inevitably been sparse. This online auction will help keep the Drafthouse afloat until the screens can be lit again.
Explaining the sale, League said, "Cinemas across the country are facing extraordinary financial hardships. We are legally unable to open many of our venues, and where we can open, our capacity is significantly reduced, the product - the supply of blockbuster films - has evaporated, and our debt from accrued rent during closure continues to mount.
"100% of proceeds from the sale will go towards paying staff of the Alamo Drafthouse and paying debt and expenses accrued during the COVID closures. These next four to six months are critical and the proceeds from this auction will help immensely."
So this sale will play a key role in keeping the Drafthouse afloat until we all finally emerge from the lockdown, and audiences are comfortable with being back in crowded cinemas.
Until then, the sale will keep the connection with the movies with rare and long-out-of-print art from Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Frank Kozik, Jermaine Rogers, Jason Edmiston, Jay Ryan, Jay Shaw, Jock, Tula Lotay, Laurent Durieux, Matt Taylor, Olly Moss, Stan Sakai, Shepard Fairey, Drew Struzan, Vania Zouravliov - and that's just scraping the surface.
Here are the details:
• The sale will be organized with eMovieposter.com, which means no bots, no sniping tools, no buyers' premiums - real bids only. They will also be grading all prints before the sale, and winners will pay real price of shipping only.
• There's no reserve on any print, and bidding will start at $1. That's for every print, whether it's Attack Peter Godzilla vs. Hedorah, the Shepard Fairey Idiocracy, or that Aaron Horkey Jurassic Park that collectors have yearned for since they sold out in seconds.
• The auction will begin on Nov. 29, and close on Dec. 13.
And that's it. Look for the full catalog at www.emovieposter.com.