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    Frankenstein (Universal, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
    One of only six copies known to exist, Heritage has the exceedingly rare privilege of presenting this incredible stone litho one sheet, a stunning prize that collectors have always dreamed of owning. To say that the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein was monumental would be more than a gross understatement. It is, perhaps, the most influential film in Hollywood history. Not only did this adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel bring the young horror genre into the mainstream, but it also provided the horror vocabulary we know today: the mad scientist, the misunderstood monster, the angry villagers carrying torches, the dark laboratory filled with science fictional devices, and the creepy assistant. All of these staple creative elements owe their existence to this masterpiece. Director James Whale and makeup artist Jack Pierce made a lasting impact when they brought Mary Shelley's Monster to life with Boris Karloff's terrifying visage and ultimate performance. Rather than simply "monumental," this film is the stuff of legends. The image of Karloff, as seen on this poster, with his flat head and bolts coming out of the neck, was the first such image that any audience laid eyes on. And it would become one of the most recognizable and iconographic images of a monster in the twentieth century. Another piece of this kind may not surface for many years, making this an opportunity not to be ignored. A great sweeping image featuring portraits of all the major players, this poster once showed tears and chipping in the borders and body of the poster prior to its restoration. There was a section of paper loss in the right border and interior through Mae Clarke's upper image, a thin strip of paper loss through Dwight Frye's image into the "A" of the title, and the black Universal credit box at the bottom has been replaced. The poster was once mounted on board, resulting in some areas of surface paper loss on the verso. However, Karloff's iconic Monster and cast members have their images intact in this wonderful, display-ready acquisition. Heritage sold another copy of this poster over 13 years ago for almost $190,0000. Good+ on Linen.




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