Skip to main content


    Claude Rains' Poster for Phantom of the Opera, and His Lobby Cards for The Man Who Reclaimed His Head and Strange Holiday. Claude Rains' superbly haunting portrayal of the title role in Universal's 1943 Technicolor mega-hit Phantom of the Opera remains one of his best-remembered performances. This lot includes a handsomely dramatic, linen-backed 24" x 33" European poster for Phantom's post-war 1946 release in Copenhagen and was part of Rains' personal collection. Rains' masked Phantom is dominant on the poster, ominously looming above attractive images of co-stars Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster, as well as the elegant patrons madly fleeing from the Paris Opera House. As a child, Jessica Rains had added a small red dot to Ms. Foster's cheek and written in tiny red lettering, "la pimple" -- a flaw that could easily be cosmeticized by a poster restorationist. Also in the lot is a Realart re-release lobby card for Universal's The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934, well-remembered as the melodrama in which Rains severed the head of Lionel Atwill), with a close-up of Rains and leading lady Joan Bennett; and an original lobby card from PRC's Strange Holiday (1945), an anti-Nazi film scripted and directed by Arch Oboler (of Lights Out fame). Both cards also are from Rains' collection. The Strange Holiday card has some tears on the left and right borders; otherwise, overall quality of the three pieces is Fair to Very Good. Colorful promotional material with the Phantom of the Opera poster especially desirable. From the Claude Rains Estate Archive.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2010
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,016

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 30 days left to consign to the 2018 June 10 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I think Heritage deserves a lot of credit for covering all technical bases without a hitch.
    Roy M.,
    New York, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 11 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 November 11 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,635,684