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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