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Top Five Most Expensive Vintage Film Posters

Mainly because of their age and rarity, posters of movies from yesteryears are very much sought-after by memorabilia collectors today, no matter what the price is. Have a look at five of the most expensive ones in this week's list!

5) “Dracula” (1931)
Universal Pictures
Directed by Tod Browning

First in this list is the poster for the classic horror film “Dracula.” It was sold in 2009 for $310,700 and was part of the personal collection of Hollywood actor Nicholas Cage. It is said that only three copies of this particular style (Style F – movie studios would often release several versions of posters for a particular film, usually identified simply as Style A, B, and so on) currently exist.

4) “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
“The Black Cat” (1934)
Universal Pictures (both)
Directed by James Whale and Edgar G. Ulmer, respectively

In 2007, the Style D poster for the James Whale-helmed classic horror film was sold for $334,600 at the Heritage Auctions in the US. An unnamed consignor previously kept this in a private collection.

Meanwhile, the Style B poster for “The Black Cat” was likewise sold at Heritage Auctions two years later for the same price. It was part of Todd Feiertag’s famous collection, from which the #2 item in this list was also taken. Interestingly, this poster for “The Black Cat” was reportedly previously unseen by the public until the auction and, like “The Bride of Frankenstein,” is the only known example of this style.

Photo via eBay

3) “Metropolis” (1927)
Universum Film AG
Directed by Fritz Lang

This art deco-inspired poster was designed by German graphic artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm for the local release of the epic science-fiction silent film. It was sold for $357,750 in 2000.

2) “The Mummy” (1932)
Universal Pictures
Directed by Karl Freund

It’s worth noting how all except for one movie in this list were all in the horror genre, topbilled renowned horror movie personality Boris Karloff, and produced by Universal. This time, it’s “The Mummy,” whose poster sold for $435,500, in 1997. With this, it holds the distinction of being the most expensive poster for an American film.

1) “Metropolis” (1927)
Universum Film AG
Directed by Fritz Lang

At the top spot is “the crown jewel of the poster world,” as hailed by well-known poster dealer Sean Linkenback. Again, it’s for the classic masterpiece that is “Metropolis,” but this time it’s the international version which noticeably lacks the credits at the bottom. This one of only four known copies was first sold in 2005 to Kenneth Schacter for $690,000, and, following Schacter’s declaration of Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy, again in 2012 along with other cinema and movie memorabilia to collector and dealer Ralph DeLuca for $1.2 million.

This list was based on The 10 most expensive film posters – in pictures on The Guardian. Other information in this article were sourced from Learn About Movie Posters, Blastr, press releases for The Bride of Frankenstein and The Black Cat (separate release for “Black Cat” here), and The Hollywood Reporter, and RT.

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written by chooolss

2 comments

  1. trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    I've got them all on DVD but I need them on my wall, too!

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  2. roxyvonschlotterstein

    roxyvonschlotterstein

    I love Bela Lugosi! And Metropolis!

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