These are the most valuable movie posters of all time

From Dune to the upcoming Princess Diana Spencer biopic, we’ve seen plenty of stunning movie posters in 2021. But what are the most valuable posters in the world? A new study has revealed which movie designs have sold the most at auction – and, spoiler alert, they all came out shortly before 2021.

From 1927’s Metropolis to the very first Star Wars movie, some of the most beloved movies of all time also feature some of the most beloved posters. And as the study shows, an original can bring in astronomical sums. (Looking for inspiration? Check out our roundup of the best print ads of all time.)

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Most Valuable Movie Posters Were Painted By Hand (Image credit: Top Dollar/Future)

the Top Dollar study reveals that the most valuable movie poster of all time is Heinz Schulz-Neudamm’s 1927 drawing for Metropolis, which sold at auction for $690,000. It’s also the oldest entry on the list, and the poster is said to have been purchased by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio (perhaps he hangs it next to his Titanic poster?).

Next came the 1931 Dracula poster (which grossed $525,800), followed by London After Midnight, Casablanca and The Mummy. We are of course talking about the 1932 version, without Brendan Fraser in sight.

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The two most valuable movie posters of all time (Image credit: Top Dollar)

Meanwhile, a concept poster for the original 1977 Star Wars film is the most expensive ‘franchise’ design up for auction, while Al White’s artwork for The Jungle Book (1967) is the poster. the most expensive for an animated film. And if, like us, you were disappointed with the No Time to Die poster campaign, you might want to take a look at the most valuable Bond poster, for 1967’s You Only Live Twice – this one brought in $16,800.

On the contrary, the study is proof that they simply don’t make them like they used to. Hand-drawn vintage designs dominate the list, and we have a feeling that today’s digital collage festivals won’t double or triple in a few years. That said, there are still some brilliant contemporary designs to discover, such as these stunning designs for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.

If you’re inspired to create your own poster, check out today’s best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below. Who knows, maybe your design will be worth top dollar one day.

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