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5m082 KING KONG linen 1sh R47 art of the giant ape carrying Fay Wray on Empire State Building, rare!

Date Sold 3/1/2015
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A 1947 Re-Release Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

King Kong, the classic 1933 Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack Africa New York City giant ape fantasy romantic love triangle adventure horror thriller ("'The most awesome thriller of all time' the one and only"; "Not beast.. Not human.... Not devil.. But all three magnified! Raging.. Roaring.. Crushing.. Killing.."; "Strangest story ever conceived by man!"; "Out-leaping the maddest imaginings! Out-thrilling the wildest thrills!"; "See the living, fighting monsters of Creation's dawn rediscovered in the world today!"; "See the death-fight between giant ape and prehistoric dinosaur... the most amazing combat since the world began!"; "See the ape as big as a battleship wrecking New York!"; "Unique..! Thrilling! Startling!"; "From an idea conceived by Edgar Wallace & Merian C. Cooper"; based on the story by Edgar Wallace, with incredible special effects by Willis O'Brien) starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong (as Carl Denham), Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, and Sam Hardy
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Important Added Info: Know that this movie was of course one of the most successful of all time, and because of this, it was re-released many, many times to theaters, both in the U.S. and in other countries. There was a U.S. re-release in 1946, and it had a set of lobby cards, but we have not seen a poster from that release. This poster is dated 1947, and it is rare (we have only auctioned it twice before), and we have never seen any other movie paper from that release (of course, it is possible that the 1946 re-release was carried over into 1947, but paper from either of these re-releases is definitely scarce, even more scarce than the original 1933 movie paper! If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss on the vertical foldline, with fine surface paper loss and a few tears on the horizontal folds. There was a 12" tear in the left of the top border extending down the enter of Kong's face into his nose. There were many smudges, scuffs, creases, and stains scattered in the image, with pinholes, tears, and stains around the edges. Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was backed with only slight attempts at restoration and no excess. Please read our description above and look at our super-sized image before placing a bid on this poster.
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