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Movie Posters

Since the early days of filmmaking, movie posters have served as focal points to advertise a theater’s upcoming and feature films. In the early 20th century, they were produced in small numbers, and theaters had to use or rent posters directly from movie studios—passing them back to the studios or designated exchanges once finished with the respective film. This process, however, soon evolved.

Around 1940, the National Screen Service was formed, taking over the printing, distribution, and redistribution of movie posters in the United States. In the 1980s, movie studios regained control and distribution of posters, mass-producing them affordably enough that theaters did not have to return the pieces.

Those who take up collecting movie posters do so for many reasons, perhaps for love of a particular film, admiration for an actor or director, or even enjoyment of a poster’s graphic artist. Care should be taken to assure posters are correctly identified as originals, since commercial reprints are not considered collectible items.


Quick Facts

  • A rare movie poster from Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis” was auctioned off at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles in December 2012. The poster, along with a handful of other rare posters and memorabilia, was won by collector Ralph DeLuca for $1.2 million
  • In the early 20th century, movie posters were sometimes used to insulate dwelling walls and floors. Valuable stashes have been found during a number of modern-day home remodels
  • Older posters were often folded and shipped to theaters, not rolled. Older posters may also have a tanned appearance since they were printed on acidic paper

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Signed Jonny Depp Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie Theater Poster
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Signed Jonny Depp Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie Theater Poster
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $500- $1,500
$10010 Bids
"The Godfather" Movie Poster Signed
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"The Godfather" Movie Poster Signed
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$3002 Bids
"Hackers" 1995 Movie Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"Hackers" 1995 Movie Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2501 Bid
Framed French Movie Poster 58 1/4"H x 42 1/4"L
May 04, 9:00 AM CDT
Framed French Movie Poster 58 1/4"H x 42 1/4"L
by Bright Star Antiques Co.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Canvas Backed Superman Poster
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Canvas Backed Superman Poster
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
TWO WESTERN MOVIE POSTERS.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO WESTERN MOVIE POSTERS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
Group of 13 Adult Film Advertising Posters
Apr 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 13 Adult Film Advertising Posters
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Six Framed Printed Movie Posters including Gone with the Wind, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean
Apr 22, 2:00 PM AEST
Six Framed Printed Movie Posters including Gone with the Wind, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
TWO MOVIE POSTERS.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO MOVIE POSTERS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
"Apocalypse Now" Lobby Poster Signed
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"Apocalypse Now" Lobby Poster Signed
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2501 Bid
"Black Widow" 2021 Movie Poster Cast Signed
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"Black Widow" 2021 Movie Poster Cast Signed
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2501 Bid
Framed 'Who's Got the Action' Movie Poster
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Framed 'Who's Got the Action' Movie Poster
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
"T. R. Baskin" 1971 Lobby Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"T. R. Baskin" 1971 Lobby Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
"Heat" 1995 Movie Poster Signed Al Pacino
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"Heat" 1995 Movie Poster Signed Al Pacino
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
"The Godfather" 1972 Marlon Brando & Al Pacino
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"The Godfather" 1972 Marlon Brando & Al Pacino
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
Artistic Tribute: Ocean's 11 (1960) Wall Art Poster Reproduction - 30" x 20"
Apr 29, 9:00 PM EDT
Artistic Tribute: Ocean's 11 (1960) Wall Art Poster Reproduction - 30" x 20"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $180- $280
$900 Bids
"007 Tomorrow Never Dies" Pierce Brosnan Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"007 Tomorrow Never Dies" Pierce Brosnan Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Robert De Niro "Ronin" Movie Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Robert De Niro "Ronin" Movie Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
"12 Angry Men" 1997 Movie Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"12 Angry Men" 1997 Movie Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
"99 Women" Lobby Poster 1969
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"99 Women" Lobby Poster 1969
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
"Black Mama, White Mama" (19783) Lobby Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"Black Mama, White Mama" (19783) Lobby Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
George C Scott "Hardcore" Lobby Poster
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
George C Scott "Hardcore" Lobby Poster
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
"The Magic Christian" Ringo Starr & Peter Sellers
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"The Magic Christian" Ringo Starr & Peter Sellers
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids
"The Boys In The Band" Lobby Poster 1970
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
"The Boys In The Band" Lobby Poster 1970
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Movie Posters


Donley Auction Services

Donley Auction Services

Maison de Ventes Good

Maison de Ventes Good

Clark's Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.

Clark's Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.

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