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Press Release - March 12, 2021
Son of Frankenstein Italian Poster Could Fetch $120K at Heritage AuctionsCasablanca, Horse Feathers, Walking Dead, Jaws also represented at March 27-28 event
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Son of Frankenstein (E.N.I.C., 1940) Italian 4 – Fogli with Francesco Giammari Artwork (estimate: $60,000-120,000) was housed at one time in a private Swiss collection. This large-format poster (measuring 55-1/4 by 77-1/2 inches), featuring a spectacular design from the classic film, is offered through Heritage Auctions for the first time. A potential centerpiece of any horror collection, it captures Frankenstein's Monster emerging from a shadow. Considered the final truly great Frankenstein movie at Universal, it features a stellar cast that included Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill, in addition to Karloff. included a stellar cast that included Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill, in addition to Karloff.
"This sale features an array of beautiful Italian posters, including this magnificent Son of Frankenstein poster,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. "Posters from any of the Frankenstein movies are always in demand, and Francesco Giammari's artwork on this one is extraordinary, making this a potential centerpiece for any collection of posters from the horror genre.”
A Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942) Half Sheet Style B (estimate: $30,000-60,000) comes from the iconic war drama that is among the most popular films ever made, and the Style B half sheet is among the film's most popular posters, widely accepted as the more desirable of the two half sheet styles produced for the film. The focus is on the portraits of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in their most beloved roles, and includes images of five of their co-stars: Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre and Hollywood newcomer Sydney Greenstreet. This bright half sheet was never folded prior to its conservation.
An extremely rare The Walking Dead (Warner Bros., 1936) Italian 4 - Fogli with Luigi Martinati Artwork (estimate: $30,000-60,000) is one of just two known copies, presented in stone litho, of a spectacular design from one of the most in-demand Italian movie poster artists, offered for the first time ever at Heritage Auctions. Because of the similarities, including a lack of dialog for Karloff's character, between this role and the one he played in Frankenstein, he demanded that more lines be written in to differentiate the two.
Fans and collectors of classic comedy posters will be drawn immediately to an exceedingly rare Horse Feathers (Paramount, 1932) Three Sheet (estimate: $25,000-50,000). This extraordinary stone litho three sheet captures the Marx Brothers in one of their funniest Paramount films, in which Groucho is the new president of Huxley College, which has not won a football game in more than 40 years. Nearly a century old, this rare three sheet retains bright color and will make an exceptional addition to any collection.
A wonderful copy of the Monsieur Beaucaire (Paramount, 1924) One Sheet (estimate: $25,000-50,000) is being offered at Heritage Auctions for the first time. This gorgeous stone litho image captures Valentino, one of the premier stars of the 1920s in a film in which his wife, Natacha Rambova, controlled production values. The offered poster is the only known copy of this one sheet for the adaptation of Booth Tarkington's 1900 short novel and 1904 stage play of the same name.
A Jaws (Universal, 1975) Seven Sheet with Roger Kastel Artwork (estimate: $15,000-30,000) is massive in scale (83-1/2 by 92-1/2 inches), creating a format almost never printed for any title; to date, Heritage has offered just one other seven sheet: a very rare Bonnie and Clyde poster that sold in 2011. One of just a handful of copies known to remain in existence, this rare seven sheet has never been offered before by Heritage Auctions. Kastel's image for the film, created for Steven Spielberg's classic, is universally recognized as one of the most recognizable in films, especially when presented in such impressive scale.
Dracula by Basil Gogos (2002) Signed Original Acrylic Artwork on Canvas (estimate: $10,000-20,000) is a one-of-a-kind image of Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. Offered for the first time at Heritage Auctions, it comes from the artist who gained his fame largely by illustrating magazine covers for Famous Monsters of Filmland, including Frankenstein's Monster, the Phantom of the Opera, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, the Gill Man, King Kong and Bram Stoker's infamous count. Included with the stunning portrait of Lugosi are several signed letters from Gogos with their original mailing envelopes, photocopied concept sketches for the painting, signed prints of the painting, and a restrike photo from Dracula that Gogos used as a reference. The painting itself is flawless and shows absolutely no signs of wear or use, a dream piece for any horror collector.
Another large-format gem in the auction is Spirit of Youth (Grand National, 1938) Six Sheet (estimate: $6,000-12,000), the first poster Heritage Auctions has offered from former heavyweight champion Joe Louis's first film role. It is the only copy known to remain in existence from the film made less than a year into his reign as heavyweight champ.
Other top lots include, but are not limited to:
Bordertown (Warner Bros., 1935) Italian 4 - Fogli Luigi Martinati Art (estimate: $20,000-40,000)
A Sainted Devil (Paramount, 1924) One Sheet (estimate: $20,000-40,000)
The War of the Worlds (Paramount, 1953). Rolled, Very Fine/Near Mint. Half Sheet Style B (estimate: $20,000-40,000)
Help! (United Artists, 1965) Door Panel Set of 4 (estimate: $15,000-30,000)
Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941) One Sheet Style A (estimate: $15,000-30,000)
Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942) One Sheet (estimate: $15,000-30,000)
A Son of Frankenstein (Universal Films Española, 1942) First Release Spanish One Sheet (estimate: $15,000-30,000)
Cover Girl by Anselmo Ballester (Columbia, 1951) Signed Original Mixed Media Poster Artwork on Illustration Board (estimate: $10,000-20,000)
The only known copy of a Through the Back Door (United Artists, 1921) One Sheet (estimate: $8,000-16,000)
A Yojimbo (Toho, 1961) Production Photo Scrapbook (estimate: $6,000-12,000)
The Texas Bad Man (Universal, 1932) Three Sheet (estimate: $5,000-10,000)
A Clockwork Orange (Warner Bros., 1973) One Sheet (estimate: $5,000-10,000)
For images and information about all lots in the auction, visit HA.com/7240.
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