The remnant of Hollywood’s golden age of horror depicts Karloff in the title role and Zita Johann as the subject of his desire. The tag next to the greenish ghoul warns: “It Comes to Life!”
It fetched $453,500 at Sotheby’s in 1997, then the auction record, and held the title until 2014, when it was eclipsed by a poster for the 1927 film “London After Midnight,” according to Sotheby’s. The current record is one from “Dracula,” which sold for $525,800 last year.
Only three copies of the Mummy poster are known to survive, according to Sotheby’s. One belongs to Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica and avid horror movie poster collector, who had Karloff’s mummy face emblazoned on his guitar.