The Adrian Cowdry Collection of Movie Memorabilia - October 12th / 13th

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Movie buffs, specifically James Bond fans, will be delighted to see an incredible collection of entertainment memorabilia, including autographs and posters, built up by one man, going under the hammer in mid-October. 


Ewbank’s is offering more than 1,000 high quality lots for sale, as we put the collection of the late Adrian Cowdry, a world-renowned expert in this area, up for auction. Due to the sheer number of lots, the sale will be split over two dates, October 12 and 13. 


This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors to purchase one of the best collections of movie posters, lobby cards, autographs, books and models in the UK, which range from the 1930s to modern day.


Adrian commenced collecting memorabilia more than 40 years ago. He started at 12 with a passion for James Bond which remained with him throughout his life. Alastair McCrea, the entertainment specialist, at Ewbank’s described this as ‘one of the most complete and in depth James Bond collections we have ever seen’.movie posters


From running his own poster gallery in Fulham, to consulting for auction house Bonham’s, Adrian’s knowledge of the entertainment sector was second-to-none, and he regularly made visits to the USA to meet clients old and new.


The collection includes some very rare movie posters including the 1960 Hammer Film Production ‘The Curse of The Werewolf’ which was directed by Terence Fisher, and starred Oliver Reed as the werewolf, his first credited film appearance. Experts at Ewbank’s have given it a pre-sale estimate of between £800 and £1,200. 


Other film posters going under the hammer include Bond films ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘From Russia With Love’; and the Alfred Hitchcock classic, ‘To Catch A Thief’. See our video below with a teaser of some of the fantastic lots in the sale.


Alongside his extensive collection of film posters, Adrian also had a raft of models. These include a rare James Bond replica pistol from ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ which was released as a 20th anniversary edition from S.D. Studios. Also catalogued for sale are limited edition models from Sideshow Collectibles and Kotobukiya, a well-known Japanese producer of high-quality film character figurines. Cowdry Memorabilia Auction


Among the autographs in the collection going on sale are signatures from legendary stars of the silver screen including Laurel and Hardy, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Alfred Hitchcock, to name just a few.


All of the lots will be available to view online soon and in person, at our sale-room, just off the A3 near Guildford, during the week of the auction.


Founded in 1985 by Chris Ewbank, Ewbank’s is one of the largest auctioneers of entertainment memorabilia and vintage posters in the UK, with 8 specialist auctions per year