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By Culturekiosque Staff

LOS ANGELES, 10 DECEMBER 2012 — A near perfect 1933 Style B three sheet movie poster for the RKO classic King Kong realized $388,375 in Heritage Auctions' November 29 Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction, shattering the house record for a price realized for a movie poster in a Heritage event. All prices include Buyer's Premium.

"The stellar price realized for this King Kong poster was fully more than four-and-a-half times the pre-auction estimate of $80,000+," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Movie Posters at Heritage. "It's simply an astounding piece of art that transcends its category and subject matter, which just happens to be one of the greatest films ever made."

According to Heritage Auctions, although there are several copies of the style A three sheet known to exist, there are far fewer of this style B which has rarely ever been offered for sale. In the early 1980s, there was a collection of King Kong posters discovered in Geneva, Switzerland that included two copies of the Roland Coudon French grande, at least one René Peron French grande, a U.S. style B one sheet, at least one U.S. style A three sheet, three US six sheets and at least one US style B three sheet. The U.S. style B poster offered last week was very likely the same style B three sheet from this legendary find as the linenbacking is the same as all the other posters from this collection.

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