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Best Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Poster Collection from 1950-1970’s In Auction

Best Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Poster Collection from 1950-1970’s In Auction

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Socal Woman Shocked To Learn She Inherited Possibly The Greatest Vintage Sci-fi Movie Poster Collection In Private Hands, Featuring Rare Titles From The 1950’s-1970’s. Read on.

Van Eaton Galleries Announces Two-Day Auction Freaturing 2-Day Auction Featuring Rate Sci-Fi Poster Collection, Rare Toyes, And More With Over 1,000 Items of Pop Culture Artifacts.

Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premiere animation and collectibles auction houses, has announced the “It Came From… Van Eaton Galleries!” auction featuring over 1,000 lots of extraordinary pop culture artifacts. Of the many rare and unusual items to be offered, nothing quite compares to the collection of vintage movie memorabilia from Linda Ondo. Ondo inherited a massive vintage sci-fi collection after the passing of her cousin, David, and was shocked to learn it was one of the greatest collections of vintage sci-fi posters ever seen in private hands. The vintage Sci-Fi posters in the collection are extremely rare and feature sought-after titles including “Forbidden Planet,” “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Invasion of the Saucer Men,” “War of the Worlds,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and many more.

Vintage Sci-fi Posters and Toys

Mike Van Eaton recalls, “When Linda came in saying she inherited a vintage movie poster collection, I was hopeful that while we went over her collection together, there might be a few nice gems in it. What I didn’t expect, was she would have one of the most impressive and complete collections of vintage sci-fi posters that I have ever encountered. We have worked with many collections over the years, and this is far and above the greatest collection of 1950s-70s sci-fi posters we have seen in private hands.

Ondo inherited the collection from her cousin, David Ichikawa. A US Army veteran and video technician, Ichikawa would spend the majority of his life, preserving cultural history captured on film. A lifelong film fan, David did the rounds of the collectibles shops on Hollywood Boulevard, befriended theater managers with the offer to take old posters off their hands, and in many cases, rescued now-classic movie memorabilia from ending up directly in theater trashcans. As a graduate of the California Institute of Art in Valencia, he turned his trained eye to curating his collection, which ultimately included examples of many of the most influential and revolutionary designs in motion picture history. The public appearance of many single items from his collection would cause a stir among collectors. For this entire body of material to emerge at once constitutes a historic event.

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David and his brother started collecting at a young age, being the rare type of children that would prefer to keep their action figures pristine in the box instead of playing with them. In later years, their collecting grew primarily as a desire to keep a part of the movies they enjoyed so much with them as a memento.

In the 1970s-80s, when movies started producing action figures, toys, and posters, they would head to Hollywood stores to buy them. Every weekend, they would go to Hollywood memorabilia shops and buy toys, photographs, posters, movie props, and more.

David had all kinds of equipment related to his passions. He had a huge projector and screen and he collected 100 reels of film, like Goldfinger and Forbidden Planet. He would often play an old movie for us on the projector during family gatherings.”

According to Ondo.

Highlights of the incredible Sci-Fi Poster Collection include:

  • “The Day the Earth Stood Still” Poster Estimated: $6,000-$8,000
  • “War of the Worlds” Poster Estimated: $3,000-$5,000
  • “Creature from the Black Lagoon” Poster Estimated: $2,000-$4,000
  • “Forbidden Planet” Silkscreened Poster Estimated: $7,000-$10,000
  • “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Poster, Estimated: $1,000-$2,000
  • “Invasion of the Saucer Men” Poster Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 and more.
Vintage Movie Posters Collection

“It Came From… Van Eaton Galleries!” auction event will also feature an unprecedented collection of rare toys and Disneyland memorabilia. The auction is one of the most comprehensive and historically significant auctions Van Eaton Galleries has ever offered, covering some of the greatest characters, shows, films, and theme park memorabilia of the last century. The auction includes many significant items that have never before come up for public sale.

Other Sci-Fi Highlights:

  • Star Wars C-3PO Hand, Estimated: $1,000-$2,000
  • Millennium Falcon 6 Foot Star Wars Toys R’ Us Display, Estimated: $2,000-$3,000
  • Mighty Atom/Astro Boy Atom Patrol Police Car, Estimated: $1,500-$2,000
  • Star Trek Pilot Master Script for “The Cage”, Estimated: $2,000-$4,000
  • and hundreds of other lots featuring rare toys, Disneyland memorabilia, props, and items from television/film.

A complete catalog can be viewed at


Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s premier original animation art and collectibles galleries. In recent years, the Sherman Oaks, California Gallery has expanded its auction offerings into Disneyana, Popular Culture, and Music Memorabilia. Established in 1994, the Gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans, and guests from around the globe. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Van Eaton Galleries has offered such collections as That’s from Disneyland, The Story of Disneyland, The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, and animation artwork from Disney, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth and many others.

Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91423     

Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2021
10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Sunday, Sept. 26th, 2021
10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Runs through Thursday, Sept. 23rd, 2021
Monday Through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
DUE TO COVID 19, Reservations must be made to preview. Limited attendance, masks, and social distancing are required. Visit for more info.

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