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A more detailed description of this “collection” follows, but despite the hype and the half-page colour illustration, what we are looking at in this lot from a December 5 sale of film and pop memorabilia held by Christie’s East are three rather tatty film books of the 1930s – Stars of Photoplay (open to show portraits of Margaret Livingston and Harold Lloyd) and How I Broke into the Movies, containing portraits and mini-biographies of ‘Sixty Famous Movie Stars’, both of which dated from 1930, and a 1937 Picture Show Annual. Together they sold for $350 (£240).

Illustrated below is a spoof or prop playbill used in the1968 Mel Brooks film The Producers, in which a cynical attempt to produce a theatrical disaster, Springtime for Hitler, becomes an improbable hit. The prop was made by simply superimposing the show title on an actual playbill for a 1967 Broadway production of Sing Israel Sing. Taken home by an extra as a souvenir, it sold in New York for $1000 (£690).

Buyer’s premium: 17.5/10 per cent