Collecting Film Posters

Collecting Film Posters A Beginners Guide

As with almost any area of collecting, the acquisition of film posters requires advance study and caution. Numerous online retail sources are available for the collector aspiring to build a collection or just to obtain a poster from a favorite film and many auction houses have ongoing sales devoted to film posters and ephemera.

Film posters were and are typically issued in what is known as a one sheet -measuring 40 x 27 inches. In addition, many films also issued posters known as three sheets or even larger as six sheets displayed outside theatres.

A number of factors can go into a poster’s value. For one, if a poster is an original copy in near mint condition – rather than a reprint – it may fetch a hefty amount at auction, especially if it was rolled from the moment it was shipped instead of being folded, as was customary for movie marketing materials prior to the 1980s.

The current record for a film poster at auction is a one sheet of Dracula from 1931 sold by Heritage Auction with a hammer price of $525,800 in 2017.

In our next post we will discuss poster collecting in greater depth and what to consider accumulating now based on the current market.

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