5:00am PT by Aaron Couch
Could Rare 'Mummy' Poster Fetch $1 Million at Auction?
Boris Karloff's The Mummy poster may be able to scare up some big money at auction this month.
The rare 1932 lithographic film poster at one time held the record for the most expensive poster in the world after it sold at Sotheby's New York in 1997 for $453,500. It lost the title in 2014, but Sotheby's says it has a shot at winning it back, attracting between $1 million and $1.5 million at auction. Online bidding opens Thursday and closes Oct. 31.
Universal's advertising director Karoly Grosz designed the poster, which was displayed in movie theaters and was not sold to the public. Only three are believed to remain in existence, with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett owning one of them.
In 2014, a 1927 poster for London After Midnight broke The Mummy's record for the most expensive poster, while the current record holder is a 1931 poster for Dracula, which sold for $525,800 last year.
The Mummy was directed by Karl Freund and also starred Zita Johann, who is featured on the poster along with Karloff's titular monster, the revived Egyptian priest Imhotep, who searches for his love Ankhesenamun.
Sotheby's is displaying The Mummy poster at its New York galleries from Oct. 14-18.