CGC-graded 1931 Frankenstein Lobby Card Realizes $38,837

Posted on 4/9/2013

Check out some of the most interesting, highest-grossing, rare movie posters and lobby cards from Heritage's Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction.

[DALLAS, TX] — CasablancaA massive six-sheet movie poster for Casablanca, one of just two copies known, bid a fond "Here's looking at you, kid" to its pre-auction estimate of $60,000+ to realize $107,550 in Heritage's Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction. Measuring an impressive 81" x 81", the poster took top lot honors during the March 23–24 event which brought $1.72+ million and was 96.4% sold by value.

"This is the largest Casablanca poster we've ever offered at Heritage," said Grey Smith, director of movie posters at Heritage. "It is always a pleasure to manage the sale of a rare find like this six-sheet — this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this particular poster and the price proves it."

Several rare posters doubled their estimates, with a one-sheet for MGM's 1932 classic Tarzan the Ape Man reaching $65,725 and the poster for D.W. Griffith's controversial epic Birth of a Nation — depicting John Wilkes Booth leaping onto the stage of Ford's Theater after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln — realizing $47,800.

FrankensteinCollectors remain devoted fans of famous movie monsters, as a CGC-graded lobby card for the 1931 Frankenstein realized $38,837. Two scarce posters for RKO's King Kong brought impressive prices, as a reissue one-sheet on linen fetched $35,850 and a Swedish oversized poster depicting Kong grappling a biplane and a cringing Fay Wray brought $26,290. A 1938 reissue poster for Universal's Dracula, sporting a classic visage of Bela Lugosi, sold for $20,315.

Posters for iconic animation sold briskly, as a 1932 Mickey Mouse stock poster delivered $26,680 and a stock poster for the 1941 Superman cartoon series by Paramount / Fleisher Studios sold for $23,900. An impressive six-sheet for Columbia's 1948 Superman live-action serial sold for $15,535.

The thoughts and opinions in the piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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