Portable Property (or how one line from Great Expectations has made me an avid collector)

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?

                                       Top Selling Film Posters: Top Selling Film Posters - Metropolis (German Poster), 1927

Some guy found a one sheet Metropolis poster in this attic and sold it for $850,000 at auction.

                 Top Selling Film Posters: Top Selling Film Posters - Flying Down to Rio, 1933

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.

                                           The noir version

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.  

                                            It Happened One Night at the Gaslamp 15 Theater on Apr. 19, 2012

                                         Close call - but my favorite Hitch film 

                                            Hitchcock - Vertigo Scene Card

                                       Dietrich and Billy Wilder

     GORG poster art

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!

 

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