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Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) 3-Sheet (41″ X 78-1/2″)
Most collectors secretly dream of finding the proverbial ‘golden ticket’ of items that are so rare, so unbelievably valuable, that they can afford to spend the rest of their days enjoying their collection without a pesky job getting in the way.
Well, The most valuable Frankenstein movie poster ever sold at public auction is one such item. The only 6-foot example from the 1931 Universal horror classic known to exist sold for $358,000 in Heritage Auctions’ March 2015 Vintage Movie Posters Auction.
The poster was discovered by Steve Wilkin, who found the poster back in the 1970s in a long closed and boarded-up projection booth in a Long Island theater where he worked as a teen.
A spokesman for Heritage Auctions said: ‘Only a small handful of one sheets including one teaser, one six sheet, one insert, and a restored half sheet are all that have appeared of the posters, not including lobby cards,’ the spokesman said.
‘Offered in this lot is the only known copy of either of the two styles of three sheets created for the debut of the film.
‘This is the Style C and is arguably the best graphic of the two styles.
‘It underwent professional restoration and the poster now displays beautifully.’
The spokesman said posters for the film had always been ‘infamously difficult to find’.
The Style C three sheet measures a hulking 41-inches by 78-1/2-inches and had apparently been used by the theatre as a display for reissues of the movie in the decades following its release ‘It had apparently been used as a display for a number of reissues of the film with its counterpart Dracula, as was so often the case throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Bidders also pushed the sale price of an 11-inch by 14-inch lobby card from the film to $40,630, making it the most valuable example of its kind from the movie.
Frankenstein is one of the first, and most important, monster movies and prices of original collectibles of the film reflect that importance. I’ll never own one, but I sure enjoy looking at them!