When the going gets tough, a smart girl likes to have a little portable property on hand. Really, as Barbara Stanwyck makes clear in Babyface, diamonds are a girl’s best friend because you can flee the country with a train case of cash and start over without dealing with pesky banks, brokers, investment advisers or other annoyancecrats.
Another favorite form of portable property that not only holds, but gains in value over time, are movie posters. Doubtful?
Some guy found a one sheet Metropolis poster in this attic and sold it for $850,000 at auction.
This one sheet (normal movie theater poster size) fetched $289,000 in the 1990s. The movie stars Fred Astair and Ginger Rodgers and the art is insane.
For a bit less, one can snatch up a lobby card – which is an 11×14 poster that is usually part of a 6-8 piece set of posters featuring one title card (which is usually the most interestingly designed) and 5-7 scene cards featuring drawings or paintings of various scenes. These frame beautifully and we have a pretty sizeable collection, including most of Rear Window and Breakfast at Tiffanys, two highly sought after sets. And loads of film noir.
anything from the 1920s or 1930s is valuable, and the better the condition and bigger the poster, the higher it goes. Here’s to searching for more Fred & Ginger posters and more portable property!