Props and Artifacts
What would seem to be the only matched set of extremely rare three-sheet posters from the 1933 movie "King Kong" are now in the collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, thanks to a donation by husband-and-wife Academy members John Landis and Deborah Nadoolman.
Academy members John Landis and Deborah Nadoolman, left,
Director Landis, a long-time classic film poster collector, and costume designer Nadoolman formally presented Academy President Robert Rehme with one of the 6 1/2 foot x 3 1/2 foot original "Kong" three-sheet posters on April 25, 2001. It is believed to be one of only four copies that exist in the world, and it has been appraised at well over $100,000.
The poster on the left was donated by husband-and-wife Academy members John Landis and Deborah Nadoolman to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in April of 2001. The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation donated the poster on the right to the Academy in 1999. Each poster is believed to be one of only four in existence - and this would appear to be the only matched set anywhere.
Both posters are currently on display at the Academys Margaret Herrick Library - one in the main lobby, and one in an upstairs lobby. The library holds nearly 22,000 posters in its Charles M. Powell Repository of Motion Picture Marketing Materials.
- Steve Lee
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