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Prop Store Movie Posters Worth $2 Million Going to Auction

Over 1000 rare and vintage movie posters are to be sold at a Prop Store auction for the first time in the United States.

Rare posters from film, music and travel will go under the hammer at the auction. Online bidding is available on all items until May 17th and 18th, 2023.

Highlights of the auction include a US one sheet on linen for the best-picture winning Cimarron (RKO, 1931) estimated to fetch between $50,000 – $100,000 at auction. Believed to be one of only 4 remaining in the world. A must-have for any Western fans but with it being a Prop Store auction the lots usually fetch far higher than the estimates that are given!

M Fritz Lang Poster

Also one of two known copies in the world is a rare and unrestored folded Country of Origin pre-war German poster for Fritz Lang’s M (Nero Film -AG 1931). This particular item is estimated to fetch between $40,000-$80,000.

A first post-war release French Grande poster for The Maltese Falcon is also up for grabs with an estimated price of $20,000-$40,000.

Return of the Jedi Poster

And for a more modern film there is one of the rarest posters from the release of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, six sheet on linen US style with a price estimate of $10,000 – $20,000.

Propstore – one of the world’s leading film and TV entertainment memorabilia auction specialists – has today announced their first US Online Collectible Poster Auction led by industry expert and collector Grey Smith, who comes to Propstore as their US Director of Posters. Featuring over 1,000 posters, the auction spans from relics of the silent movie era, film noir rarities and sci-fi classics, all the way to modern alternative movie art. The auction truly has something for collectors of all tastes.

Cimarron Poster

This online auction is open now for bidding via ending on May 17 & 18 2023, with lots closing from 9am PDT each day. The auction is suitable for fans with a variety of budgets.

Top items to be sold at Propstore’s US Online Collectible Poster Auction include: 

CIMARRON (RKO, 1931) One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Very Good on Linen; Artist Frederic C. Madan. Est. $50,000 – 100,000

M (Nero Film-AG, 1931) Pre-War German (37.5″ X 55.75″) Very Fine Folded; Est. $40,000 – 80,000

THE GOAT (Metro, 1921) One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Very Fine- on Linen; Est. $35,000 – 70,000

M (Nero Film-AG, 1931) Pre-War German (37.5″ X 56″) Very Fine on Linen; Est. $30,000 – 60,000

THE MALTESE FALCON (Warner Bros., 1946) First Post-War Release French Grande  (45″ X 61″) Fine- on Linen; Est. $20,000 – 40,000

CABIN IN THE SKY (MGM, 1948) Autographed by Al Hirschfeld One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Very Fine on Linen; Style C; Artist Al Hirschfeld. Est. $15,000 – 30,000

CASABLANCA (Warner Bros., 1942) One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Very Fine- on Linen; Artist Bill Gold. Est. $15,000 – 30,000

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (Universal, 1928) Window Card (14″ X 21.25″) Very Fine; Est. $15,000 – 30,000

WAR OF THE WORLDS (Paramount, 1953) Half Sheet (22″ X 28″) Very Fine- Folded; Style B; Est. $15,000 – 30,000

CAT PEOPLE (RKO, 1942) One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Fine- on Linen; Artist William Rose. Est. $10,000 – 20,000

RASHOMON (Daiei, 1950) Japanese B2 (20″ X 28.5″) Very Fine Folded; Est. $10,000 – 20,000

ROSITA (United Artists, 1923) Three Sheet (41″ X 79″) Fine Folded; Est. $10,000 – 20,000

SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1939) Midget Window Card (8″ X 11.5″) Very Fine-; Est. $10,000 – 20,000

STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (20th Century Fox, 1983) Six Sheet (82″ X 84″) Very Fine+ on Linen; Style B; Artist Kazuhiko Sano. Est. $10,000 – 20,000

LA BELLE ET LA BETE (DisCina, 1946) French Double Grande (63″ X 94″) Very Fine- on Linen; Artist Jean-Denis Malcles. Est. $10,000 – 20,000

SEVEN SAMURAI (Toho, 1954) Japanese B2 (20″ X 28.5″) Very Fine on Paper; Est. $8,000 – 16,000

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (MGM, 1969) One Sheet (27″ X 41″) Very Fine+ Folded; Psychedelic Eye, Wilding Style; Artist Mike Kaplan. Est. $6,000 – 12,000

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Allied Artists, 1956) Half Sheet (22″ X 28″) Very Fine+ Rolled; Style B; Est. $6,000 – 12,000

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (20th Century Fox, 1977) One Sheet (28.5″ X 41″) Very Fine on Linen; Style A, Printer’s Proof, First Printing; Artist Tom Jung. Est. $6,000 – 12,000

BLACK NARCISSUS (Eagle Lion, 1947) Italian 4-Fogli (55″ X 78″) Very Fine- on Linen; Artist Anselmo Ballester. Est. $3,000 – 6,000

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Signed Poster

Some of the least expensive lots in the auction include: 

  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (Columbia, 2019) Autographed by Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. Framed. One Sheet (27″ X 40″) Mint Rolled; Advance; Artist Steve Chorney. Est. $1,000 – 2,000
  • JAMES BOND: A VIEW TO A KILL (United Artists, 1985) One-Sheet (27” X 41”) Very Fine on Linen; SS Advance; Artist Daniel Goozee. Est $200 – 400
  • NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (New Line, 1984) Folded One-Sheet (27” X 41”) Very Fine; Artist Matthew Joseph Peak. Est $150 – $300                                 



LOTS 575 – 1035 BEGIN TO CLOSE ON May 18 2023 AT 9AM PDT

NOES Poster

Grey Smith, Director of Posters US commented:

“I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Propstore team with the opportunity to bring my knowledge and experience of posters, auctions and film history to this amazing company.

This US poster auction will be my first event with Propstore, featuring an impressive collection of posters from film, music and travel. 

Personally, I am impressed with the scope of items that we will be presenting in May, from rare classic movie posters to some modern favorites. I’m looking forward to working with Propstore, adding to its reputation as a world leader in entertainment memorabilia and collectibles!”

Out of all of the Prop Store movie posters on offer at this years auction which one is taking your fancy?

Find out more about the Prop Store movie posters auction HERE

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