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METROPOLIS Poster: $850,000

Metropolis poster original
Metropolis original poster

Who says silent movies don't make money?

Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist has grossed more than $100 million worldwide, in addition to winning a total of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin).

And now comes an original poster of Fritz Lang's 1927 UFA classic Metropolis, which you can buy now for $850,000 at Movie Poster Exchange. The information below is from MPE:

Posters from this all-time classic science-fiction film are the rarest of the rare and this, the most famous image ever associated with the film is no exception. Created by art deco artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm, this poster depicts the classic image of the automation Maria and the fantastic cityscape of Metropolis itself.

There are four copies of this poster known to exist. Two of them are in permanent museum collections (Museum of Modern Art and the Austrian National Library Museum) while the other is in a long-term private collection. [According to bleedingcool.com, that's rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio's.] This is a unique opportunity to acquire what is without question one of the finest and most recognizable posters in the entire hobby.

The condition of this masterpiece is fantastic, a very strong Very Fine+. It has been backed for preservation/presentation and very minimal color work has been performed to the fold lines. There were no missing pieces or major problems with this poster prior to restoration, just slight fold line separation from years of storage.

Well, got $850,000?

Metropolis, which has survived in various versions, premiered in Berlin in 1927. The film lost about one-quarter of its length after Paramount acquired the film for U.S. distribution. The film's long-lost scenes were found at the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires in 2008. At the time, ZEITmagazin heralded that "the most important silent film in German history can, from this day forward, be considered rediscovered."

Metropolis features Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf-Klein-Rogge, Fritz Ras, Theodore Loos, Erwin Biswanger, and Heinrich George.

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