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f006 SON OF KONG linen one-sheet movie poster '33 Ernest B. Schoedsack

Date Sold 2/7/2006
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Son of Kong, the 1933 Ernest B. Schoedsack fantasy horror action adventure thriller sequel ("Laughs! Thrills! Pathos!"; "New Thrills! New Adventure! New Romance!"; note that King Kong was SO successful that RKO rushed out a very rare same-year sequel, but they made Kong's son a smaller size than his father ["only" 12 feet tall], perhaps because that made filming easier) starring Robert Armstrong (reprising his role as Carl Denham from the previous King Kong), Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston, Victor Wong, and Edward Brady
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster was found at the same time as the other style one-sheet from this movie, and both posters were in similar condition. We auctioned the other style of this poster on December 17, 2005, and it sold for $60,100. Of course, this style does not show the "Son of Kong", so it will surely sell for a far lesser amount, but no one can deny that this poster is artistically quite appealing, and it is the closest and best second alternative to owning that $60,000 poster!

Condition: very good. This poster was linenbacked, and one of the following is true: either the poster had minor defects, and was well backed, OR it had more significant defects, but they were extremely well restored, OR it had some very minor defects that were not completely restored, and are somewhat noticeable. You can tell which of the above is the case for this particular poster by reading our "pre-restoration" description and also by looking at our "super-sized" image of the actual poster (we are the only major auction company we know of that gives accurate detailed pre-restoration information about linenbacked posters to our bidders, but we wish everyone did!). Note that we gave this condition grade to a very few posters that were in pretty good condition prior to linenbacking, but which were not all that well linenbacked, and which could be fairly easily re-backed with only minor additional restoration.

The image area of the poster was in nice condition prior to linenbacking. There was tiny paper loss at each crossfold and a few minute areas of paper loss on the foldlines. There were some extra horizontal creases above and below the top and bottom foldlines. There were some tiny tears and tiny pinholes around the edges of the image. Overall, the image area of the poster was in very good condition. The borders of the poster were quite a different story. They were tattered, with many tears and areas of paper loss. The owner of the poster wanted to make the borders of this poster look as good as the image area, and because of its great scarcity and value, he did NOT have the restorer place new paper over the original borders (a technique that is used by a great number of restorers, sometimes without the knowledge of their customers!). Instead, he hit on an unusual solution. He found another 1933 RKO one-sheet (but one from a minor movie), and he made sure that the size of the image area of that poster exactly matched that of this poster (not at all surprising, since posters at that time were printed in an assembly line fashion, and posters from one studio from one year almost always had the same size image area as another from the same studio from the same year). He then had the restorer precisely cut the image area out of the second poster, and had all of the borders precisely cut off of this "Son of Kong" poster! The restorer then merged the two posters together, and I am 100% sure that 99.9% of collectors would not realize this had been done unless I told them that it had been done, even if they spent time studying over the poster from inches away (and if this poster were sold at any other auction, I would say it is a virtual certainty there would be no mention of the replaced borders). Rather than cut around the litho number at the right of the poster, the owner had the correct litho number painted in in the right corner (he could read it on the border of the original poster, even though it was tattered). While this is certainly unusual, it must be far better that this poster now has borders that are from a 1933 RKO poster, rather than replacement borders, and I have poured over every inch of the image, and it has NO defects, other than the very minor ones described above.
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