From Dune to the upcoming Princess Diana biography Spencer, we’ve seen lots of amazing movie posters in 2021. But which are the most valuable posters in the world? A new study has revealed which film designs have picked up the most at the auction – and spoiler alert, they were all released shortly before 2021.
From 1927’s Metropolis to the very first Star Wars movie, some of the most beloved movies of all time also have some of the most beloved posters. And as the study shows, an original can fetch astronomical amounts. (Looking for inspiration? See our list of the best print ads ever.)
The Top Dollar study reveals that the most valuable movie poster ever is Heinz Schulz-Neudamm’s 1927 design for Metropolis, which was sold at auction for $ 690,000. It is also the oldest item on the list, and the poster is rumored to have been purchased by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio (maybe he hangs it next to his Titanic poster?).
Next is the poster for Dracula from 1931 (which brought in $ 525,800), followed by London After Midnight, Casablanca and The Mummy. We are talking, of course, about the 1932 version, without a Brendan Fraser in sight.
Meanwhile, a concept poster for the original Star Wars movie from 1977 is the most expensive “franchise” design to sell at auction, while Al White’s artwork for The Jungle Book (1967) is the most expensive poster for an animated film. And if, like us, you were disappointed with the No Time to Die poster campaign, you might want to check out the most valuable Bond poster for You Only Live Twice from 1967 – it brought in $ 16,800.
If anything, the study is proof that they are simply not doing what they used to. Vintage, hand-drawn designs dominate the list, and we have a feeling that today’s digital collage parties will not reach double or triple digits in a few years. That said, there are still some brilliant modern designs to be found out there, such as these amazing designs for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.
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