Original Metropolis poster sells for record amount
As someone who loves movie posters and old school movie art, it was quite exciting to read about a secret stash of posters that was recently discovered and put up for sale.
They were all stuck together, the glue was steamed, and once the posters were pulled apart, it was movie lover’s mother lode that included the1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula.
With the explosion of Star Wars, movie posters became major collectors items, and as expensive as some of the Star Wars posters can be, it’s nothing in comparison to buying a Universal monster movie poster from the thirties, which can easily go for six figures, or the poster for Metropolis, which may be the rarest movie poster on earth.
Outbidding Heritage Auctions, DeLuca bought the lot for $1.2 million, and he told Reuters, "I honestly feel that the Metropolis poster is worth more than the whole lot. It’s ‘The Scream,’ the ‘Guernica of film posters. It’s literally the ‘Mona Lisa.’"
Thankfully, an original Star Wars poster will only set you back a few grand at most, but maybe when it’s over eighty years old, like Metropolis, it will go for millions at auction too.