Perhaps one of the most impressive of all of the great Universal Studios horror posters, a terrifying, 1933 one sheet teaser poster for The Invisible Man could sell for as much as $80,000 in Heritage Auctions
' Vintage Posters Auction March 25-26 in Dallas.
"Even the most advanced collectors have never seen this poster in person," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. "(Artist) Karoly Grosz does a hauntingly wonderful job capturing the insanity that slowly takes hold of the film's mad scientist. In only a few instances did, the studio produce a teaser for their horror greats but when they did they were often outstanding."
Additional posters from Universal Studios' greatest monsters include a title lobby card for The Bride of Frankenstein (est. $30,000) and a lobby card for the 1935 film Werewolf of London (est. $10,000).
A rare and stunning Italian four-fogli from the 1953 re-release of Casablanca (est. $30,000) considered by many collectors to be one of the most beautiful ever made for the film depicts an elegant, wind-swept Ingrid Bergman set against the backdrop in French Morocco. Likewise, a poster for Columbia's 1946 film Gilda (est. $20,000) sets heroine Rita Hayworth center stage on this classic film noir Style B one sheet.
Very rare, half sheet posters from classic films such as a Style A depicting five major cast members and two important scenes from the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz (est. $30,000) is on offer, as is the elusive Style B for The Maltese Falcon, which shows a double-fisted, gun-slinging Humphrey Bogart and the sultry Mary Astor (est. $8,000).
Large-size international paper for La Dolce Vita (est. $18,000); Warner Brothers' 1935 poster for Bordertown ($12,000) with art by Luigi Martinati; and the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc(est. $12,000) would be at home in the most advanced collections.
Posters from silent films include rarities from 1926's The Black Pirate, starring Douglas Fairbanks (est. $10,000), and the never before seen large-format poster from The Perils of Pauline from 1914 (est. $10,000).
Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:
The Day the Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox, 1951): est. $10,000.
This Gun For Hire (Paramount, 1942): est. $10,000.
The Raven (Universal, 1935) Window Card: est. $8,000.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (RKO, 1937) One Sheet Style B: est. $8,000.