An exhibition of James Bond vintage movie posters will run from May 23 through July 12 at the Posteritati Gallery in New York City. Featured are rare international posters from Bond classics including Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Casino Royale (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Octopussy (1983) and many more.
The value of movie memorabilia constantly increases, making it a good investment, certainly better than those options in limp Big Media stocks. With the advent of DVDs and installation of home theatres, more and more people want to recreate that cinema experience. As you know, posters are going out of fashion in theaters, replaced by banners and cardboard stands to promote films. The watershed year for posters appears to be 1987. The value of movie memorabilia is determined by scarcity, size, origin, artwork, the type of film and whether it is autographed.
FYI: Marty Scorsese uses the New Jersey-based Motion Picture Arts Gallery to track down vintage movie posters for the walls of his office, and, if needed, restore them and frame them. MPAG’s Joe Burtis said recently that investing in movie posters could be your 401(k) plan retirement money. Though most posters sell for between $500 and $1,000, some can fetch six-figure price tags. Posters from the classic horror movies from the 1930s are among the most sought after, according to Burtis, often selling for around $100,000. Science fiction flicks from the 1950s are also popular, selling for $10,000 to $15,000. Wanted also are posters from Elvis Presley’s early films, Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock, and Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke.