Movie Poster Frames – But it only cost me ten bucks!

Movie Poster Frames. Have you ever wondered if the movie poster you have tucked away somewhere may be worth a fortune one day?

The first movie poster appeared in Paris in 1895 to promote the movie L’Arroseur arrosé . Artists, who where not normally credited, would paint a scene or theme from the movie. Posters would include the film title and the main actors.

Today movies, their characters, their music, and language have become ingrained in our culture.

We celebrate May the 4th. We can say “Doh” and everyone knows its Homer. We can Run Forrest or Go ahead and make my day, we can Dirty Dance or be Footloose.

It’s part of what makes movie posters highly collectable, sort after and valuable. 

The most valuable movie poster is from the 1927 movie Metropolis which sold for $1.2mil USD 2012. It is believed there is only 4 in the world. 

We generally think of today’s movie posters being mass produced and therefore don’t hold any value. Well think again. 

Harry Potter (2001) posters are selling for up to $600USD. 

ET (1982) posters $4000USD.

The website just collecting lists 20 modern day movie posters of value.

https://www.justcollecting.com/posters/20-valuable-modern-day-movie-posters

Occasionally we get someone come into the store for a quote to frame a movie poster.

When told the price for framing they have responded with “But it only cost me ten bucks.” Which is understandable.

To spend $200 plus on a movie poster frames may seem expensive compared to the cost of the poster. 

But what will it be worth in the future?

Well we can’t really say. But what we do know is that we don’t want to devalue the poster by framing it in a cheap or improper manner. 

So have it framed properly. 

Some framing techniques will devalue your posters. So consult a professional. 

Posters should never be stuck down. 

They should be framed with a mat boarder or spacer to stop the print coming into contact with the glass. 

UV glazing should be used to prevent fading. 

For more details on conservation techniques click here.

So always have your poster framed by a professional who uses museum standard conservation framing techniques. 

And remember, nobody puts baby in a corner.

By Shakyra Clark

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