Frankenstein Movie Poster From 1931 Is Selling For An Incredible Price

A movie poster for 1931's Frankenstein is up for auction, with sellers expecting it to go for around $150,000.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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When it comes to memorabilia, there’s no telling the lengths that ultimate fans will go to to get their hands on their favorite collectible item. One of the most well-known entertainment auction warehouses in the biz, Heritage Auctions, has revealed that a copy of a Frankenstein 1931 poster is expected to go for well over $150,000 when the bidding comes to an end. A must-have piece for the wealthiest and most driven collector out there, this memory of one of the biggest monster movies of yesteryear is currently sitting at a bid of $77,500.


Nabbing the Frankenstein poster is a slim chance with the collectible being only one of seven in existence. Designed by Universal Pictures art director Karoly Grosz, the poster was just hanging out in the attic of a home in Pennsylvania. Collecting dust for almost 100 years, the art piece will now collect the auctioneers a pretty penny and become the bragging rights of one lucky collector.

Described as being in “near-mint condition,” the bit of monster movie history will be paired alongside 116 horror and sci-fi pieces also going to auction.

The feature that would kick off the obsession with a mad doctor’s monster, Frankenstein was originally adapted into to the screen in 1931 by director James Whale. Taking its story from Peggy Webling’s 1927 play which was an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s beloved novel, the movie was an immediate hit that would spawn a slew of further storylines. Starring some of the biggest names of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the cast included the likes of Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, John Boles, Mae Clarke, Edward Van Sloan, and Dwight Frye.

Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931)

From here it was all diamonds and glamor for the franchise as the wide praise from audiences and critics allowed the story of Frankenstein to continue. Just two years later, Elsa Lanchester would don a now iconic hairdo and take a vow of eternity beside the monster in Bride of Frankenstein. Karloff would then take his final bow as Frankenstein’s monster in Son of Frankenstein which would introduce the likes of Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill to the fold. 

Since then, we’ve seen many adaptations, remakes, and appearances of Frankenstein’s creation throughout the years. From hysterical classics like Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein to animated features like Igor and even outside-the-box takes on the character such as Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it seems like everyone has sunk their teeth into the beloved tale.

Most recently it was announced that Andrew Garfield would be the next to pick up the torch (so to speak) and turn on the monstrous charm in Guillermo del Toro’s Frankenstein adaptation. Coming from the maestro of monsters, we can expect the filmmaker’s telling to be filled with shocks, scares, and some excellent makeup and effects.

As for all the classic Frankenstein fans out there, if you think you have what it takes (a loaded wallet) you can get out there now and stake your claim to a once-in-a-lifetime piece of collectible memorabilia courtesy of Heritage Auctions.