Bettie Page, the queen of pin-ups, is one of the world’s most famous and recognizable pin-up girls and next year one of the world’s largest collections of her images will be headed to auction. Movie Star News, a store located in Manhattan’s lower east side, has collected millions of posters, film stills and negatives over the years and this week they have closed shop packed it all up and sold their entire inventory to a collectibles company in Las Vegas.
According to Stuart Scheinman, owner of the company that bought the collection: “this is the most important archive of Hollywood in existence. There are tens of thousands of negatives that have never been reproduced.” The collection represents over 5,000 actors and 11,500 movies filmed between 1939 and 1979. Aside from the Bettie Page collection actors such as Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper and Bette Davis are also represented.