Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Black Cat you want to cross paths with...

Oct. 7, 2009
Posted by Noah

How cool is this? A rare one of a kind, never before seen 1934 movie poster for The Black Cat, a graphically stunning and wholly extraordinary movie poster from the vault of renowned collector Todd Feiertag - who famously sold a one-sheet for 1932's The Mummy for $453,500 in 1997, a World Record auction price for any type of poster - will be the recognized star of the Nov. 12-13 Signature Vintage Movie Posters Auction at Heritage Auctions.

"I've had the distinct pleasure of enjoying this poster in my private collection for the last 20 years," said Feiertag. "I feel like this is the right time to give this treasure back to world and to let another collector, one that will hopefully exhibit this poster frequently as I have, know the thrill of looking at it every day."

This incredibly rare Style-B one sheet for The Black Cat, which has never been seen by the public, is the only known example of this poster ever to surface and has never been sold at auction. The Style-B one sheet for The Black Cat is even more rare than one sheets for the other Golden Age Universal Studio horror giants of the day – The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein – and is every bit as

The film The Black Cat - Edgar G. Ulmer's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale - marked the first and finest collaboration between the two acknowledged masters of early horror, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and the result was a masterpiece of psychological terror as a young couple finds themselves caught in a deadly game between the two famous actors. Heritage Auctions has estimated the poster at $250,000+.

Lugosi is also featured on the poster for the supporting lot at Heritage Auctions, a 1934 White Zombie half sheet movie poster of a rarity almost equal to the headlining poster. It is estimated at $75,000.

Lugosi's performance as Murder Legendre in White Zombie is one of the great performances of Golden Age Hollywood, and the poster for the film is one of the most sought-after in the realm of movie poster collecting. You simply never see a poster like this.

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-Noah Fleisher

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