Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas, are claiming a new auction record for an insert movie poster.
The original 1931 poster
for Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff,
measuring 14in x 3ft (35.5 x 91cm), would have been designed to fit
the display cases outside cinemas at the time of the film's
The poster was consigned by Keith Johnson,
of Ottawa, Illinois, who said: "I got it from an antiques store in
town in either 1968 or 1969, and I probably only paid $2 to $5 for
Johnson's wife, Julie, said the framed
poster "was kept in the closet for the 30-plus years we've been
married". She added: "Every once in a while we would pour
ourselves a glass of wine and go take a look at it. We always
loved it, and thought it was very cool."
In condition Fine+, with slightly trimmed
borders and light colour retouching, it took $220,000 (£150,685)
plus 19.5% buyer's premium against a $100,000 estimate at
Heritage's July 27 sale.
Heritage set the previous record on November 29 last year when
they sold an insert poster for the 1942
film Casablanca for $160,000.