Collectors everywhere coveted the striking and extremely rare insert movie poster for Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 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.