The Most Expensive Movie Poster in the World

alex atkins bookshelf triviaA few months ago, if you had asked what is the most expensive movie poster in the world, the answer would probably not be a surprise: the poster from the legendary romantic film Casablanca (1946) directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The Casablanca poster fetched a record $478,000 at auction in July 2017. However, on November 18, 2017, Casablanca’s world record was um… defanged by the movie poster for Dracula (1931), the classic horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi. The poster sold for $523,800 — frame and glass not included. The color poster features an illustration of Bela Lugosi centered on a blue field, and the word Dracula in large yellow caps across the bottom. This rare poster, maintained in excellent condition, was owned by George Mitchell, an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, who acquired the poster in the early 1950s. There were four versions from the original 1931 release of the film, and Mitchell’s is one of them, known as Style A; the others are titled Style B, Style C, and Style F. There are also four versions that were produced for the film’s re-release in 1938, 1947, 1951, and 1962. Naturally, all eight of these are extremely valuable. Here’s looking at you, Dracula.

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For further reading: We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie by Noah Isenberg

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