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'Frankenstein' poster sells for record amount

Published On: Jul 29 2013 03:59:57 PM CDT


A poster from the 1931 film "Frankenstein" that was stashed in the closet of an Illinois home for more than 30 years has sold at a Texas auction for a record amount.

Keith Johnson of Ottawa, Ill., said he purchased the poster as a teenager for a few dollars in 1968 or 1969. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold it Saturday for $262,900 to an anonymous bidder. Heritage said it's the largest bid ever recorded for an insert poster, which were designed for movie theater display cases.
The previous record was a $191,200 bid last year for a "Casablanca" poster.
"Frankenstein" featured actor Boris Karloff as the monster.
Johnson's wife Julie says the couple over the decades would occasionally pour themselves a glass of wine and take a look at the poster.