September 21, 2019

Classic film posters used as carpet underlay sold for £72,000

Cache of posters from 30s and 40s, including one for John Ford’s Stagecoach, were kept under carpet of Penarth house for three decades

A stash of beautiful cinema posters dating from the 1930s and 40s that were used as a makeshift carpet underlay have sold at auction for £72,000.

Two builders found the posters, for films starring Hollywood greats such as Laurence Olivier, Boris Karloff, Vivien Leigh and John Wayne, when they renovated the house of a relative of a Cardiff cinema owner.

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