If done right, a movie poster can become as iconic as the movie it advertises. Many people associate Jaws (1975) with the image of a large, massive white stalking a swimming woman, though this shot never appears in the film itself. And to some Star wars fans, the franchise’s most memorable image is Darth Vader’s helmet looming in the background of those early posters.
The best promotional art lives in recreations, both digital and tactile, but it’s the original prints that collectors seek. The financial information resource Best dollar looked at auction data to determine the 10 most valuable movie posters of all time. The posters below went to the highest bidder for hundreds of thousands of dollars when they hit the auction block. To see what works of art have sold for and what makes them so special, read on.
1. Metropolis (1927)
The international version of the 1927 poster Metropolis sold for a record $ 690,000 in 2005. Rumors have it that Leonardo DiCaprio is the owner.
2. Dracula (1931)
Dracula is one of the many horror movies on this list. This poster, one of only two known copies in the rare Style A format, sold for $ 525,800.
3. London after midnight (1927)
The color version of the silent mystery movie poster London after midnight is exceptionally rare. The only known copy sold for $ 478,000.
4. Casablanca (1946)
Poster by designer Luigi Marinati for Casablanca sold for $ 478,000. He’s technically tied for third place on the list.
5. The Mummy (1932)
This poster for the universal horror classic The Mummy worth $ 435,500.
6. King Kong (1933)
This tri-color sheet designed to promote King Kong sold for a monstrous sum of $ 388,375.
Casablanca also claims seventh place in the standings. This strikingly colorful poster was sold for $ 384,000.
8. Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein is one of the most famous monster movies of all time, but posters for it have always been hard to come by. This one was purchased for $ 358,500.
This poster for Metropolis is almost identical to the record holder at the top of the list. The biggest differences are the German text and the sepia coloring. While not as valuable as the # 1 poster, it sold for the impressive price of $ 357,750.
ten. Frankenstein’s Bride (1935)
This rare Style D poster for Frankenstein’s Bride had previously only been seen in the film’s press kit. When it resurfaced decades later, it sold for $ 334,600.
11. The black Cat (1934)
This poster for The black Cat sold for $ 334,600, tied with Frankenstein’s Bride.
The second Dracula poster on the listing sold for a slightly lower price of $ 312,000. The atmospheric color palette used to promote the 1938 reissue of the film makes it a sought-after item for collectors.
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