Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Claude Rains The Mystery of Edwin Drood Photo Portraits by Roman Freulich. These four original b&w 8" x 10" portraits capture Rains in one of his most strikingly wicked roles: John Jasper, opium addict/choirmaster/murderer in Universal's 1935 adaptation of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel. Each bears the stamp of famed Universal still photographer Roman Freulich on the reverse, and Rains has penciled his character's name on the back of the three of the shots, one of them reading "Jasper - the bastard"! Rains enjoyed richly bravura villainy as the unspeakable Jasper, killing a romantic rival on Christmas Eve, burying him in quicklime under a cathedral, and receiving a properly gothic comeuppance -- falling to his death from a church steeple. Although one of the portraits actually appears to be from The Man Who Reclaimed his Head (Universal 1934), Rains nevertheless has identified it on the reverse as "Jasper - Edwin Drood." Highly desirable artifacts from classic Universal horror and the personal files of one of its legendary stars. Excellent condition. From the Claude Rains Estate Archive.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    5th-6th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 756

    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 22 days left to consign to the 2019 April 28 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - 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

    2018 November 10 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 November 10 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $267,166