a private collection until surfacing in 2007, and is the only copy of the style D poster known to exist.
It was sold by Heritage in November 2007 for a price of $334,600.
3) The Black Cat (Universal, 1934, style B)
The film’s second appearance on the list is marked by a poster so rare that it’s believed to be unique. This style-B one sheet had previously only been seen in the black and white press book for the film’s release in 1934, and was thought lost forever until a single example appeared in 2009.
Described as “one of the greatest posters to ever come to auction”, this one-of-a-kind poster sold at Heritage in November 2009 for a price of $334,600, making it the third-most expensive poster of all time.
2) The Mummy (Universal, 1932)
In 1997 a one-sheet for the 1932 Universal film ‘The Mummy’ starring Boris Karloff became the world’s most expensive movie poster when it sold for a price of $435,000.
It was sold to an American private collector as part of the Todd Feiertag collection, at a Sotheby’s auction which took place in New York. This record lasted for eight years until 2005.
1) Metropolis (UFA, 1927)
The world’s most expensive movie poster was created for Fritz Lang’s 1927 Modernist masterpiece ‘Metropolis’. Featuring artwork by Heinz Schulz-Neudamm, this Art-Deco-inspired poster is one of four known to exist.
With two hanging in prestigious art museums and the third in a private collection, it’s no surprise that the fourth copy brought a record sum. It was sold by London’s Reel Poster Gallery in November 2005 to a U.S collector for a price of $690,000.
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