Description

    Circus Poster "Gargantua" (Ringling Bros./Barnum and Bailey, 1938). One Sheet (28" X 42") Horizontal Style.
    "Buddy," was born in the Belgian Congo and lived on a freighter with the boat's captain. One day a drunk sailor threw acid in his face marking him for life physically and mentally. This heinous act left him with a grotesque and frightening look. Becoming aggressive he was given to a wealthy New York woman who dressed him in clothes and drove him about in her car! After he climbed into bed with her for comfort from thunder (all 460 lb of him!) she sold him to John Ringling in 1937. Ringling immediately changed his name to "Gargantua" and exhibited him from 1938 to the gorilla's death in 1949. Ringling always admitted that millions of circus goers drawn to "Buddy's" exhibit saved Ringling Bros. from bankruptcy during the war years. Original posters, from the great Strobridge lithography company, have always been sought by poster collectors the world over. This is a particularly nice, horizontal style, one sheet, featuring a dramatic drawing of Gargantua hoisting a Congo native over his head. This is a true piece of vintage Americana. There are only soft folds, minor fold separations, light wrinkles where the snipe was applied, and a few removable date snipe remnants at the bottom. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Very Fine.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Movie Poster - Flat, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2011
    13th-20th Sunday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 14
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 5,157

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    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 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 July 28 - 29 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Auction #161807 spotlights


    Frankenstein (Universal, R-1960s). One Sheet Green Style
    BID NOW


    The War of the Worlds (Paramount, 1953). French Moyenne
    BID NOW


    Lost Canyon (United Artists, 1942). Six Sheet
    BID NOW


    One Million Years B.C./She Combo (Warner Pathe, R-1968). Autographed British Quad
    BID NOW


    The Outlaw (United Artists, 1946). Insert
    BID NOW


    Rear Window (Paramount, 1954). Window Card
    BID NOW


    Rebel without a Cause (Warner Brothers, R-1957). One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Sherlock Holmes (Goldwyn, 1922). Lobby Card
    BID NOW

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 18 - 19 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 November 18 - 19 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,844,165
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    REALIZED $38,590.91