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How To Make A Mint From Movie Posters
Christie’s talk us through the fine art of collecting film art

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Making a killing isn’t easy, as we know from such films as The Killing. You’re statistically more likely to be run over by a unicorn-drawn pumpkin than win the lottery, there aren’t enough hedge funds for everyone and the Walter White approach is fraught with perils. Collecting movie posters may not have you stocking your crawl space with bankrolls, but there are canny investments to be made for those with an eye for an opportunity. In 2005, for instance, a single Metropolis poster went for a record-breaking $690,000. The buyer? Rumour has it, Leonardo DiCaprio. We asked Caitlin Graham, Specialist in Pop Culture at auction house Christie’s, to share some tips for getting Leo’s attention.

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How To Make A Mint From Movie Posters | 1. Home In On Horror
1. Home In On Horror

Old horror movie artwork is gold in the trade, as any fule kno. If Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Lon Chaney feature at their despicable finest, you’ve got a winner on your hands. “There’s different factors that make a poster valuable,” explains Graham, “The title of the film and its genre, in particular. The most expensive tend to be 1930s horrors.” Universal beasties from the studio’s golden age of 1930s horrors, like Frankenstein and Dracula, are some of the most valuable. “They’re old, they’re rare and it’s unusual to find them in really good condition. They all have amazing artwork, too.” A poster for the Karloff 1931 Mummy sold for £80,750 in 1932, and Nicolas Cage was rumoured to have spent $310,000 on a Dracula. We bet it wasn’t even framed.

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1 RE: spiderman
I use this program - www.ronyasoft.com/products/poster-forge/ate posters of my favorite movies) More

Posted by grols on Wednesday August 13, 2014, 08:38

2 spiderman
Re comment #1, there's one with a Buy It Now price of $200 on the US eBay. More

Posted by DarkMavis on Wednesday October 23, 2013, 16:54

3 spiderman
I have an original Spiderman poster featuring the twin towers before it was withdrawn. I wonder if that's worth anything? More

Posted by jedi_theforce on Monday October 21, 2013, 21:43

4 Hattie McDaniel
Still think its odd that her name is not on any Gone with the Wind posters I ever seen, different era I guess. Assume it's because all original posters are pre-oscars. More

Posted by JonathanMardukas on Monday October 21, 2013, 19:57


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