Ten Valuable Abbott and Costello Collectibles
The immortal comedy team of Bud Abbott (1895-1974) and Lou Costello (1906-1959) appeared in films, radio and television. The boys made their motion picture debut as a duo in Universal Pictures' One Night in the Tropics (1940), later appearing in such movie gems as Buck Privates (1941), Pardon My Sarong (1942), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953).
Abbott and Costello entertainment memorabilia is highly prized among collectors today. Here are ten valuable Abbott and Costello items along with the winning bids they brought at auction. Oh, Chick!
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) One Sheet Movie Poster
The boys meet up with Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and The Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) in this all-time comedy-horror classic from Universal Pictures. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold for $4,182.50.
One sheet movie poster: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - $4,182.50
In the Navy (1941) Insert Movie Poster
Bud and Lou don bell bottoms and join the Navy in this service comedy which also features Dick Powell, Claire Dodd and the Andrews Sisters. An insert poster (14x36-inches) in fine- condition brought $448.13.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) Lobby Card Set
The boys are in Egypt where they run afoul of an ancient curse and find themselves face-to-face with Klaris a.k.a. the Mummy (Eddie Parker). A complete set of eight lobby cards – so named because they were displayed in theater lobbies – in fine/very fine condition fetched $418.25.
Lobby card set: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) - $418.25
Abbott and Costello Autographed Who's On First? Record Album
Bud and Lou's classic Who's On First? baseball routine is among their funniest skits. A Who's On First? record album signed by both men and presented to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1956 sold for $2,569.25.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Studio Portrait
A vintage black-and-white 10x13-inch studio portrait taken by noted Hollywood photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull in excellent condition brought $101.58.
Studio portrait by Clarence Sinclair Bull: Bud Abbott, left, and Lou Costello circa 1940s - $101.58
Abbott and Costello Comic Book #26
Bud and Lou enjoyed their own comic book series published by St. John Publication from 1948-56. An Abbott and Costello Comics #26 from 1954 in certified/graded condition of Very Fine+ 8.5 condition sold for $149.38.
Charles Lamont's Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) Movie Script
A 103-page 1952 movie script once belonging to director Charles Lamont from Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) topped out at $448.13.
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) One Sheet Movie Poster
Bud and Lou accidentally launch a rocket to Mars but wind up in New Orleans for Mardi Gras instead in this popular comedy-science-fiction entry. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very good- condition sold for $191.20.
One sheet movie poster: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) - $191.20
Abbott and Costello Signed 1952 Television Contract
A three-page NBC television contract dated December 15, 1952, and signed by both Bud Abbott and Lou Costello brought $418.25.
Bud Abbott's Screen-Worn Mask from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Bud Abbott hammed it up in this comedy thriller, donning a papier-mâché wolf mask in several memorable scenes. This one-of-a-kind prop brought a top bid of $10,157.50.
Movie prop: Bud Abbott's wolf mask from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - $10,157.50
Ten More Valuable Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Entertainment Memorabilia
- Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kid (1953) complete lobby card set of eight - $84
- Abbott and Costello Meet The Ghosts (1948) British quad movie poster - $7,170
- Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) half sheet movie poster style A - $298.75
- Abbott and Costello 3-D comic book #1 from 1953 - $77.68
- Two different b&w movie stills from Buck Privates (1941) - $26
- Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945) one sheet movie poster - $717
- The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) one sheet movie poster - $32
- Lot of 23 pages of original Abbott and Costello comic art from 1968 - $191.20
- The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) window card - $53
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Cops (1955) complete set of eight lobby cards - $113.53
One sheet movie poster: Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945) - $717
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Lobby card: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - $866.38