A rare poster for the 1931 horror Frankenstein is set to fetch $225,000 at auction.
One of the world’s rarest movie posters for the classic horror Frankenstein has emerged for sale – for a staggering $225,000. The 84-year-old poster for the cult 1931 film, which starred Boris Karlov as Dr Frankenstein’s monster, is the only one of its kind in existence.
It was discovered languishing in an old projection booth in a disused theatre in Long Island, New York during the 1970s before being restored to its former glory. The 6ft 6ins by 3ft 5ins poster, known as a ‘three sheet’ because it is made up of three panels, has been in a private collection ever since.
Frankenstein was one of the first horror films ever made, and the poster is one of only a handful of originals known to have survived. Collectors are expected to pay as much as $225,000 to get their hands on the coveted poster when it goes under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. A spokesman for Heritage Auctions said: ‘Only a small handful of one sheets including one teaser, one six sheet, one insert, and a restored half sheet are all that have appeared of the posters, not including lobby cards,’ the spokesman said.