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$47,800 for a poster from Fritz Lang's film masterpiece, Metropolis

This artwork from Lang's 1930s classic, consigned by Metallica's Kirk Hammett, sold at Heritage

Collectors everywhere coveted the striking and extremely rare insert movie poster for Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis.

The post was consigned from the collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.


The poster for Fritz Lang's ground-
breaking 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis

It sold in the Friday, March 19 Signature® Movie Poster Auction at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, US.

In the end, however, it came down to just two devoted collectors vying for the cinematic treasure. It ultimately realised a solid final price of $47,800.

"This great poster is not only a wonderful piece of film history," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions.

"It's also a fabulous piece of graphic art and well worthy of claiming the top spot in this auction."

Also from the Kirk Hammett Collection, a 1933 oversized Swedish version poster for RKO's landmark King Kong realized $28,680 amidst some spirited bidding.

Its brilliant colours, amazing action and a dominant image of Kong himself - reminiscent of its American three sheet counterpart - makes this rare poster especially beloved by collectors of the giant ape.

Especially as it's not likely to be seen at auction again anytime soon.

 

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Image: Heritage Auction Galleries


Last updated: 31 March 2010