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Revenge of the Creature film poster.<br />
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A life-size film prop of the famous 1950s monster the Creature from the Black Lagoon that guarded its owner's office for decades is expected to fetch £24,000 at auction.<br />
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The instantly-recognizable swamp beast frightened moviegoers in the 1950s, when the horror B movie was at its height.<br />
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This Gill-man figure was made for the 1955 horror film Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to the 1954 cult classic Creature From the Black Lagoon.<br />
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The unusual memorabilia was owned for about 40 years by Earl Jernigan, who worked as a grip - lighting and rigging technician - on the film when it was shot in North Central Florida and kept the monster after production finished.<br />
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The prop will be sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas on February 20.