Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Boris Karloff's Stage Sketch for The Linden Tree. This beautiful painting, 6" x 16" in a 9" x 19" mat, was the set design for The Linden Tree, a play that starred Boris Karloff, was written by J. B. Priestley and opened on Broadway March 2, 1948. Priestley had originally rejected Karloff for the role of an aging academic professor. "Put his name on the marquee and people will think my play is about an axe murderer!" the playwright protested. Karloff cabled Priestley, "I promise you I would not have eaten the baby in the last act," and the author was so amused that he gave his blessing to Karloff's casting. Alas, despite outstanding reviews for Karloff, the play lasted only seven performances. Its failure was one of the deep professional regrets of Karloff's life, and he kept this painting of the set by scenic designer Peter Wolf and displayed it in his home. The reverse still has the mounting clasps. In Very Good condition. How telling that a visitor to Karloff's home would find no evidence of Frankenstein or one of his horror film sensations, but would see this memento of one of the actor's "noble failures." A truly classy curio for Karloff collectors. From the Boris Karloff Estate Collection. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sara Karloff Sparkman.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2009
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,102

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Feb 22, 2009 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    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
    Consign to the 2022 April 3 Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    And Good Golly! What an amazing catalog for Stallone The Auction! This looks like something from the likes of Donald Trump -- huge, terrific, First Class, amazing, better than exceptional.
    Edgar V. ,
    Falls Church, VA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search