Leonardo DiCaprio is a powerhouse when it comes to showcasing exceptional acting talent in hit Hollywood movies, championing the climate cause, and even amassing an art collection. This lesser-known aspect of the Titanic superstar, who boasts a net worth of nearly $300 million, reveals a penchant for some genuinely luxurious possessions. Among them, what caught our attention, apart from his prized artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, and more, is his remarkable collection of movie memorabilia.
DiCaprio acquired the original ruby slippers from the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” which were valued at a staggering $3 million! His fascination with old Hollywood led him to allegedly purchase the world’s most expensive movie poster. One of only four surviving copies of a “Metropolis” poster reportedly belongs to The Revenant star. According to Artnet, DiCaprio acquired this “Metropolis” poster for $690,000 in 2005, and a copy of the same poster was auctioned in 2012 for a whopping $1.2 million. These posters are now housed in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Berlin’s Film Museum, and an undisclosed private location.
“Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” was a classic science-fiction film from 1927, and its poster was part of the liquidation of its owner’s assets. The poster was created by the German artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm and depicted a dystopian future set in the year 2000. Schulz-Neudamm also crafted posters for “The Mark of Zorro,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” and “Around the World in 80 Days.” In his bankruptcy filing, the owner, Kenneth Schacter, initially suggested that the poster was worth just $250,000, but it was eventually put up for sale for $850,000, with experts asserting it could potentially become the first poster to sell for more than $1 million on the open market.
Poster dealer Sean Linkenback referred to it as “the crown jewel of the poster world,” confirming their assessments. It appears that the climate champion is equally championing the art world.