'Frankenstein' poster scares up record $262,900
Likely the only survivor from the 1931 movie, its owner bought it for a couple dollars and left it in a closet for 30 years.
An insert poster for the 1931 film "Frankenstein" set a record at auction, becoming the most valuable movie poster ever sold.
The poster, which features Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, sold for $262,900, the Daily Mail reports. That surpassed the previous high price held by a "Casablanca" poster, which sold last year for $191,200.
The 14-inch-by-36-inch poster was sold on July 27 by Heritage Auctions to an anonymous bidder.
The story of the poster might give hope to people who stuff belongings in the black holes of their closets. Keith Johnson of Ottawa, Ill., told The Associated Press he bought the poster as a teenager in the late 1960s for just a few dollars, and then stored it in his closet for decades.
Still, he and his wife, who describe themselves as fans of horror movies, would occasionally take a look at the poster over glasses of wine.
Why did this one sell for so much? For starters, it's believed to be the only insert poster still in existence for the classic movie. (Insert posters were printed on card stock and designed for movie theaters' display cases.)
The poster is also visually striking, with Karloff's shadowed face looming over a young woman draped over a bed. "Frankenstein" remains a popular figure in pop culture, with the original Mary Shelley novel serving as the inspiration for movies and TV shows such as "Young Frankenstein" and "The Munsters."
The 1931 movie, from Universal Studios (now under Comcast's (CMCSA) ownership), is considered a classic horror monster film, featuring Colin Clive as the young Frankenstein and Dwight Frye as his hunchback assistant.
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Back in those days actors had to really act instead of relying on CGI and other modern "special effects". That is why the classics are still so good--even with the cheesy costumes and props. Give me a Boris Karloff or a Vincent Price movie over today's zombie and vampire fare any day.
The old "Creature Feature" shows...man, I really miss them!
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