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Welcome to the MOVIE POSTER PAGE! We are the largest and oldest web site on the internet dedicated to movie posters. At this site you can see a sample of illustrated posters for sale from a large private collection. Additionally, you will find a nonillustrated catalog with over 3000 entries. Many more titles are available in all sizes. Please inquire if you don't see what you want! I will more likely than not have what you seek and if not, am happy to search for hard-to-find items. I am also happy to answer your questions, price your posters, take on consignments, and act as your agent in sending your posters to auction houses. Keep in mind, NEVER sell a poster you have lying around until you have investigated its value - like many areas in collecting, where money is to be made, honesty has not always proven the rule with many investors/dealers. Make sure you know what you own.

Movie Poster Collecting

Movie poster collecting has become a major hobby in the last ten years, primarily in the United States but also around the world. Yet movie posters, which were printed strictly as advertising material until the early 1980s, were never meant to fall into the hands of the public. The movie theaters they were sent to were required to return them to the originating distributing or poster company. Until the early 1980s, movie posters were usually printed in numbers needed to supply the theaters showing the particular film. Most of the posters were returned to the source as stipulated, but over the years posters that were stored in theater basements, poster warehouses, or distributor buildings have found their way into the hands of individuals and dealers, leading to the pool of posters available today to collectors.

Since the entry of major auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's into the postermarketing arena in the last six years, original-year poster prices have skyrocketed. In the realm of the ridiculous are the record prices like $180,000 (Frankenstein, 1931) at auction. Although it is certain that the unique feeding frenzy that occurs only at auctions contributes to high prices like these, posters with only one or two known copies certainly have no price precedent for comparison and are difficult to appraise. In general, a similar frenzy has affected the price of all movie posters. Most of the extreme prices are for major stars (Chaplin, Bogart, Dietrich, Garbo) or pre-1940 items and certain genres (early Universal horror). However, in their own time and place more recent items have acheived great value and increase in price each day. A Breakfast at Tiffany's one sheet (1961), for example, is in the $1,200 - $2,000 price range today (it will be higher tomorrow). A recent copy sold at Christie's in London for $12,000 (Auction frenzy, of course). A title as recent as Blue Velvet (1986) now fetches $200-$250 on the retail market. The important factor to consider when you view movie posters as a potential investment area is how incredibly fast they can increase in value, provided you make the right choices. For the most part, it's difficult to make mistakes, especially if you stick with classics. While many older vintage items have stabilized in price, the classics from the 1960's are now the posters with fastest rate of price increase. A poster for Bullitt or Cool Hand Luke cost $30-40 two years ago. Today, these posters sell for $160-$250. The interest in movie posters has caused a rush in speculation on newer titles and releases, as well as a tremendous interest in foreign issue posters for American films, which usually have very different images and artwork - often superior to American posters. For more information on poster collecting, take a look at our article on INVESTMENT.

If you do have old movie posters lying around in your attic that you've never given a second thought, now is a good time to get them appraised. The best way to do this is not to rely on price guides and the endless auction books that are now available, but to contact as many dealers as possible and see what they are selling the posters for. I would be happy to provide pricing information to those who are new to the hobby. You may have an original "The Wild Bunch" or "Heathers" poster hanging on the wall and not realize that they are worth roughly $300 and $100 respectively. If you have your grandmother's old Marlene Dietrich "The Devil Is a Woman" one sheet sitting in the attic, one of those sold for $42,000 in December of 1992. And if you find original year (1931) Dracula or Frankenstein items, we can guarantee you well over $80,000 - cash. There are collectors with a pile of money, waiting for these items to show up. It's just like winning the lottery!

I AM PRIMARILY AN AUDREY HEPBURN COLLECTOR AND AM HAPPY TO HEAR FROM OTHER AUDREY-FOLK. ANY POSTERS ON THIS PAGE WILL BE TRADED FOR AUDREY HEPBURN MATERIAL - IF YOU HAVE AUDREY POSTERS, OR INTERESTING ITEMS (NO STILLS PLEASE), ESPECIALLY FROM HER 50'S FILMS, OR BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S AND CHARADE, AND ARE WILLING TO TRADE OR SELL, SEND MAIL! I WILL ALSO PAY $$ FOR YOUR AUDREY POSTERS. I PREFER FOREIGN ITEMS/ OR, 30x40's and 40x60's or three-sheets from her 50's titles.

MM (mm@musicman.com)