Rare Lugosi “DRACULA” Poster and Other Creepy Curios at the Vintage Movie Poster Auction in DallasBooks/Art/Culture,News Fangoria Staff
The only known copy of an almost seven-foot-tall movie poster for the 1947 reissue of the original 1931 DRACULA is believed to fetch a princely (of darkness) $40,000 when it crosses the block March 22-23 in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction in Dallas. The fearsome three sheet poster, showing a lecherous Bela Lugosi ready to strike his next victim, highlights more than 1,200 unique lots of movie monsters, stunning heroines, and a cache of rare silent movie posters discovered above an Ohio garage.
“This auction has mystery, intrigue, and hidden treasure – and we’re not talking about the movies!” said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. “Many of the posters offered are appearing at auction for the first time and some were just recently discovered in an attic above a garage in Ohio.”
A king-sized French double grande for RKO’s 1933 classic KING KONG vibrantly depicts the hulking super-ape attempting to roll a band of intrepid explorers off a moss-covered log. Fresh, bright colors immortalize one of the film’s iconic scenes on a poster that spans more than five feet high by more than seven feet wide and which is expected to sell for $40,000+. It is one of two Kong posters in the auction, the other being a Style B French grande poster, cast in Rene Peron’s signature art deco style, which may sell for $15,000+.
The auction also features original poster artwork by artist Mike Bryan, whose photo realist paintings breathed life into the signature images used on the poster for Orion’s PLATOON, in 1986, and ROBOCOP, in 1987. The art was created using a sophisticated combination of airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on a blueprint ghosted image from a photograph on paper. Bryan’s paintings enjoy a solid place in modern pop culture. Both make their auction debut with an $8,000+ and $10,000+ estimate, respectively.
Perhaps even more fascinating: a lot of 114 photos from HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, director Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 haunting study of the supernatural, will also be up for grabs. The film was banned in the United States because of its graphic scenes and remains the most expensive Scandinavian silent film ever produced. Est. $4,000+.
For more on Heritage Auctions and the treasures up on the next block, visit the official site, and see some of the exciting selections below.