Vintage Bride of Frankenstein movie posters

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2015-06-26 10:31:19

Vintage Bride of Frankenstein movie posters are posters issued to promote the 1935 Universal film ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’.

Film background

The 1935 film was the sequel to the original 1931 film ‘Frankenstein’, with both directed by the celebrated English director James Whale and starring Boris Karloff in his most famous role.

The film is widely regarded by many as one of the greatest horror films ever produced, and was added to the United States National Film Registry after it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

Poster variations

There are a large number of variations for Bride of Frankenstein movie posters, depending on different designs for the original release and the reissue in 1953 along with foreign market variations.

Original posters relating to the first release in 1935 are extremely rare, and many variations have never been discovered. According to records, Universal produced:

 
  • Two different styles of 24 sheet poster known as styles ‘A’ and ‘B’ (Billboard sized, 9’ by 20’) - Three different styles of one sheets, known as styles C, D & E (27” by 41”) - Three different styles of three sheets, known as styles F, G & H (41” by 81”)

Of these originals, there are no known examples of the 24 sheet or 3 sheet posters. Of the one sheet posters, there is a single known copy of both styles D and E, with two known copies of style C (although one is in tattered condition).

Value and notable sales of Bride of Frankenstein movie posters

The rarest and most valuable Bride of Frankenstein movie poster known to exist is the original 1935 One-sheet Style E Teaser poster. Issued to cinemas in advance of the film’s release, it features a shocking red background with the words “I demand a mate!” and “Who will be the Bride of Frankenstein?”

Only one copy of the poster is known to exist and it was placed up for sale during a Heritage auction in November 2010. The poster was offered with an estimated value of around $700,000, but despite being advertised as the ‘rarest movie poster in the world’ it failed to sell at auction.

The second most valuable example is the original 1935 One-Sheet style D poster. A copy of this poster, which had previously only been seen in a photograph in the film’s original press-book, was sold at a Heritage auction in November 2007 for a price of $334,600.

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