There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
83252

King Kong (RKO, 1933). Three Sheet (40.25" X 79") Style B.. ...

2012 November 29-30 Dallas Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction #7067

Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Make Offer:
Make Offer to Owner

Owner's willingness to entertain and respond to Offers has not yet been verified.
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Nov 29, 2012
Item Activity: 11 Internet/mail/phone bidders
12,836 page views
Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Description:
King Kong (RKO, 1933). Three Sheet (40.25" X 79") Style B.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization...Ladies and Gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World." It was the declaration made to the citizens of New York by King Kong's captor Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) in the movie and at the world premiere of the film in March 1933 at RKO's Radio City Music Hall. How prophetic a statement it was as it applied to the film and this poster as well as it is surely one of the greatest ever beheld. RKO knew they had a major hit on their hands when Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack turned in this legendary fantasy full of dinosaurs and adventure. Cooper and Schoedsack, who were good friends, turned their mutual interest in film-making into reality by creating documentaries set in far off destinations full of adventure. They eventually made their way to Hollywood where they would continue their careers at RKO. The two were obviously inspired by Harry O. Hoyt's 1925 epic The Lost World as the plot of that film would resemble that of King Kong. They also realized that in order for the dinosaurs in their film to appear life-like, they needed the special effects wizardry of stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien, the same man who created the effects in The Lost World. Not only did O'Brien animate the dinosaurs in King Kong, but he also animated the great ape himself, sending him on his climb up the side of the Empire State Building and into cinematic history in the process. This incredible poster features Kong on the side of the Empire State Building, clutching Fay Wray in his taloned paw and snarling at the world below him. The other scene, at the bottom of the poster, is that of Kong battling with one of Willis O'Brien's dinosaurs on Skull Island. The poster is a visual triumph and one of the rarest three sheets in the hobby. Although there are several copies of the style A three sheet known to exist, there are far fewer of this style B which has rarely ever been offered for sale. In the early 1980s, there was a collection of King Kong posters discovered in Geneva, Switzerland that included two copies of the Roland Coudon French grande, at least one Rene Peron French grande, a US style B one sheet, at least one US style A three sheet, three US six sheets and at least one US style B three sheet. The US style B poster being offered here is very likely the same style B three sheet from this legendary find as the linenbacking is the same as all the other posters from this collection. The poster is mounted directly to the linen, a blue-gray material typical of European mounts at the time. The condition of this poster is just as impressive as it's graphics. It was originally printed in three separate sheets and great care was taken with the alignment of the sections when being linenbacked. There has been none of the usual "image correction" with paint done to make sure the alignment looks proper-- it simply wasn't necessary as the registration and alignment is near perfect. The linen was trimmed to the edge of the poster. However, the poster itself has not been trimmed at all. The dimensions are typical of three sheet posters once the sections have been overlapped while backing. There were four pinholes in the upper right corner, one in the upper left, one in the lower left and two in the lower right corners. The edges of the poster show the slightest bit of wear and on the middle of the right border there is a clean one inch tear that just touches the edge of the background art. There is a crimp/wrinkle in the linen in the bottom edge that also just goes into the green background. The poster also has an extremely minor bit of color touchup to two centerpoints in Kong's shoulder and right arm and another slight bit to a extra vertical crease next to a vertical fold on the left side of the poster. These are only apparent when one does an extremely close inspection. Other than these minor corrections, this poster is in absolutely spectacular condition and appears better than it's already high grade. Truly, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to acquire this gem; this historically important and spectacular stone litho poster for one of the greatest films ever made. Very Fine+ on Linen.

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllMovie

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Movie Poster - Rolled (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Other Available Items:

Current Items in Heritage Auctions like this item

    Grade Current Bid
King Kong (RKO, 1933). Photo (8" X 10") & Trimmed Art Photo (5.25" X 9.75"). Horror.... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 55279 VG+ 4.5
Auction 161448
Sunday, November 30, 2014
$1.00
Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image

FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
907,799
bidder-members
$972,847,357
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
AUCTION #161424 SPOTLIGHTS
King Kong vs. Godzilla (Universal, 1963). Three Sheet
Dr. No (United Artists, 1962). One Sheet
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (RKO, 1940). One Sheet
Singin' in the Rain (MGM, 1952). Autographed Window Card
The Locket (RKO, 1946). Italian 2 - Foglio
There's No Business Like Show Business (20th Century Fox, 1954). One Sheet
Psycho (Paramount, 1960). Belgian
Folies Bergere Advertising Poster (Aussel, 1969). French Advertising Poster
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 November 22 - 23 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
2014 November 22 - 23 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
REALIZED SO FAR $2,351,373
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
REALIZED $34,600.76
MOVIE POSTERS
SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey