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    King Kong (RKO, 1933). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B.
    King Kong is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular movies ever created and the posters for this title are amongst the most collectible in the world. In 2007 the American Film Institute ranked Kong #41 on their list of the 100 Greatest American movies ever made and the tributes lauded upon the film are justified. It was a tour de force of stop-motion animation under the direction of Willis O'Brien that convinced audiences around the world that King Kong actually kidnapped Fay Wray, fought dinosaurs to the death, rampaged through the streets of New York City and climbed the Empire State Building. That final scene with Kong atop the skyscraper, swatting at the attacking bi-planes, has been imbedded in audience's minds and remains one of the most iconic moments of the screen. This fantastic one sheet depicts the giant ape rampaging through the streets trying to desperately find the object of his affection, the golden haired Fay Wray. This poster was previously mounted on poster board by a theater owner in 1933. The borders had been trimmed off and the background around King Kong's upper body had been trimmed out down to Kong's lower left elbow. The poster was restored in 1993 by Igor Edelman who expertly painted in the missing background above and behind Kong's shoulders. Using an unrestored example of this same poster, Edelman recreated this to the smallest detail. The restoration did extend very slightly into the fur of Kong's arms which was beautifully replaced and there was also some minor retouch done to one of Kong's teeth. The yellow in the title has been airbrushed along with some of the white in the cast credits. The white portions of the RKO logo have been touched up as have several small tears on the woman on the lefts face and hair. The letter "F" in the word "From" on the left side has been replaced along with the word "and" under Edgar Wallace's credit. The poster still displays numerous fine wrinkles. This example was last sold by Heritage in 2002 from the collection of famed guitarist, Kirk Hammett and another example may not come onto the market for many more years. Good/Very Good on Linen.




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