Boris Karloff's The Mummy Movie Poster Expected to Sell for More Than $1 Million

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

As anyone who's been to a Hard Rock Cafe can tell you, movie memorabilia is pretty cool. ​Old movie props, costumes, set pieces, and advertisements have created an entire industry of professional collectors willing to shell out big bucks for rare or nostalgic parts of cinema history. And now, a major item has just been offered up for auction at Sotheby's, as Paleofuture reports.

A poster for Boris Karloff's 1932 horror film The Mummy—one of only three believed to still exist—is up for auction and is expected to fetch somewhere between $1 to $1.5 million. Often cited as one of ​the greatest horror films of all time, The Mummy's famous poster revolutionized film marketing at the time due to designer Karoly Grosz's approach to white space and creative use of bright colors.

The three known Mummy posters have been held by private collectors since they became ​rare commodities (fun fact: one of them is currently owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett). The last time one was sold was in 1997 and fetched $453,500, breaking the record for most expensive movie poster and holding that title until 2014. If it sells for more than $1.16 million, it'll break the record again.

Sotheby's recently made headlines when a painting by famed street artist Banksy sold for more than $1 million at one of its live auctions and immediately began to shred itself. Perhaps to prevent a similar situation or restore its reputation, Sotheby's is moving the auction of the poster from this Saturday up to today and is holding it online. Bidding ends, fittingly, on Halloween.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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