Edward Van Sloan Dracula Stage Play Bifocal Glasses Prop

This pair of bifocal glasses were worn by Edward Van Sloan in the 1927 Dracula stage play in his portrayal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing opposite Bela Lugosi’s Dracula.  Based on the classic horror novel by Bram Stoker, the Broadway production served as the basis of the now-iconic 1931 Universal Monsters film produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.   Van Sloan and Lugosi both reprised their stage roles for the film (and Van Sloan also appeared as Van Helsing in the film’s 1936 sequel, Dracula’s Daughter). The glasses are from the collection of horror legend Forrest J. Ackerman, and were previously auctioned by Julien’s and later Heritage.  Not “screen used” as the play was not a film, of course, but they are “stage used,” actually worn by Van Sloan during the play’s Broadway run (1927-1928, for 261 performances). The glasses are in fair condition- see photos, one of the lenses is a bit scratched.  To be expected given that they are used by the actor during the play.   Please note: the photo of Van Sloan depicted is from the film Dracula and is not from the stage play.  Did not originally include COA but does have the original tag from Julien’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $5,000.00