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The Tony Hillman Collection, featured 129 lots of cinema and film lobby cards and stills, Star Wars press books and literature, Photoplay and other monthly film magazine groups including Empire, Film and Picture Show etc; plus movie posters and production notes, film scripts and screenplays.

“The collection started in 1955 when on holiday in Great Yarmouth I got the idea of collecting autographs, the first ones being Ronnie Ronald, The Beverly Sisters and Charlie Chester. Returning home to Birmingham every Saturday evening I’d go to the Hippodrome and wait at the stage door for autographs of the variety artists, getting anyone who came out so my first books were mainly of unknown names. I rarely went to the other city theatre, the Alexander, which did plays, as at that time I didn’t know of many actors but I did get Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

As I got older and more knowledgeable about actors, I started doing trips to London to get top names and by that time I’d started building up a collection of film magazines and books and bits and pieces scrounged from cinema managers

By the late 60’s and being in a dead-end job and with my interest in the cinema I decided to try for a job in the industry and got one in the publicity department of Classic Cinemas based in London’s West End.  Being close to the theatres and hotels made it easy at times for getting top names, such as one evening after a few minutes wait at Claridge’s getting Bing Crosby then a walk around the corner and getting Fred Astaire coming out of the Athenaeum, while at other times it could be a long fruitless wait.

Contacts in the distributor’s publicity departments helped build up “Classics” stills collection and mine until in 1974 Classic’s head office was closed. I asked what was going to happen to the publicity material and was told to help myself, so I did, taking the lot,

After moving North in the early 70’s I started writing a film column for a local magazine and doing research on films made in the North East and the film actors born in the region. I put the information to use by doing talks for various groups and when it was the “Centenary of the Cinema” I got six plaques for the region and put my collection to use by mounting a good number of exhibitions.

It’s now come to the point to thin some of the collection down and hope that it will give enjoyment to some other collectors."

The collection was part of the 26th Septembers TV and Film Related sale held at Vectis Auctions, Thornaby.

Touchstone The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Cinema Film Lobby Cards, set of eight cards, Excellent to Excellent Plus, 11" x 14"; (8).
Estimate: £40 - £60 Sold For: £40
Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings lobby cards, etc: (1) - (4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets four lobby cards; (5) Sunday Times Harry Potter special issue- includes two posters (one was within following weeks Sunday Times, other is a later Hp7 Part 1 (Deathly Hallows), October 7, 2001; (6) Bloomsbury Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone postcard book; (7) & (8) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone pair of bookmarks; (9) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set of six postcards; (10) - (13) The Lord of the Rings four lobby cards- Frodo/Elijah Wood, Legolas/Orlando Bloom, Aragorn/Viggo Mortensen, Arwen/Liv Tyler; Good to Excellent; (qty).
Estimate: £20 - £30 Sold For: £15
Star Wars vintage The Empire Strikes Back Pressbook, containing Introduction, Cast, Credits, Accessories- posters and display stills; Editorial and Advertising Blocks, Promotion- painting competition, music and paperback books, The Empire Strikes Back UK Licensed Merchandisers, Good to Excellent.
Estimate: £20 - £30 Sold For: £90
Picture Show magazine 1937: Jan 2, Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 (cover is torn), August 21, Sept 4, Sept 11, Oct 2, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18, Dec 25; Fair to Good; (46).
Estimate: £30 - £60 Sold For: £30
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid UK Quad film poster, illustration by Tom Beauvais, folded, pencil and ink notation to rear, small hole (at point of one of the folds), surface pulls in each corner (where sellotape has been removed), otherwise Good, 30" x 40".
Estimate: £140 - £200 Sold For: £110
James Bond 007 Casino Royale campaign book, 1967, with one pull out, spy comedy film starring David Niven as the "original" Bond, Sir James Bond 007; also Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Orson Wells and Ursula Andress; Good; 13" x 9.5".
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £40
James Bond 007 Dr. No Sean Connery UK exhibitors' campaign book, 1962, twelve pages, some creases and small tears to top edges and spine, otherwise Good; 10" x 14".
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £400
Star Wars vintage Pressbook credit sheet folder- with Technical Crew, Miniature and Optical special effects Unit, The Cast. Also containing loose A4 sheets- Press Story, Advertising blocks, Promotion- competitions/contests, soundtracks, window displays, etc; Promotion- licenced articles, merchandisers, etc; Editorial Blocks, Posters; The Production; Good to Excellent; (qty).
Estimate: £30 - £40 Sold For: £170
Photoplay Film Monthly magazine: 1975 -1978, complete, Fair to Good Plus; (48).
Estimate: £40 - £50 Sold For: £150
Photoplay Film Monthly / Movies and Video magazine: 1979 -1982, complete, Fair Plus to Good Plus; (48).
Estimate: £40 - £50 Sold For: £140