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Winning Bid:
$4,543.00 (Includes 18% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
Time Left:
Auction #232 Part II
Value Code:
L - $2,000 to $5,000 Help Icon
Item Description
9.25x12" program w/16 pages. While King Kong premiered in New York City on March 2, 1933, this is for March 24 premiere at the famous Hollywood Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This is rare variety issued w/thin copper metal exterior cover, featuring embossed chain links as well as printed iconic image of the Empire State Building on front and images of Skull Island on back. "The Picture That Staggers The Imagination" text runs along spine. Vellum front/back covers have large "King Kong" text highlighted by gold lettering. Program is illustrated throughout, w/iconic photo images of King Kong bursting through gate on Skull Island and now famous image of him towering over New York City's skyline w/Fay Wray in hand. Also included are photos of stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher as well as Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Willis O'Brien, Chief Technician and man responsible for Kong's amazing effects is also pictured. Program is also illustrated w/seven illustrations showing King Kong from various climactic moments in the film including snatching Fay Wray from her room, fight between Kong and a dinosaur, the epic plane battle atop the Empire State Building and more. Copper cover shows moderate handling wear and scattered aging w/bent right corners and is VG/Fine overall. Program has pinch creases to spine and one page has .25" tear along top margin w/2.5" crease. Fine. Comes w/original onionskin page inserts. Comes w/rare textured paper outer cover which is almost split in two along spine and shows obvious margin aging/wear. Just Good. While we have offered one other program from this premiere, this is the first example we've seen of this rare outer cover and the copper inner cover variety. A simply stunning presentation from one of the most important films of the 1930s.
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