World’s most expensive movie poster will go under the hammer again

It must be a sheer delight for movie poster collectors to hear about a rare and coveted Metropolis movie poster to be auctioned off soon. The poster- one of only four known surviving copies from the 1927 silent classic has been seized as part of a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy case involving its owner Kenneth Schacter, a well-known collector. The poster was created by German painter Heinz Schulz-Neudamm for the 1927 flick Metropolis, which is generally considered a masterpiece of early German filmmaking and the forerunner of modern science fiction movies.

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Although the seized poster is an international version, its beautiful art deco design hailed it as the poster world’s crown jewel, pushing its price sky-high in the open market. Although Schacter has purchased the poster for $690,000 in 2005, he estimated its value at a comical $250,000. The poster had been offered for sale in March for $850,000 by This time it is estimated to fetch more than a million.

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