Movie posters of any kind from the original 1927 release of Fritz Lang's legendary, revolutionary sci-fi classic Metropolis are notoriously scarce.
So when an original 14" x 36" Metropolis insert movie poster - from the collection of famed heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett, of the band Metallica - comes up for sale, top collectors should pay close attention.
The poster will sell in Heritage's March 19-20 Signature® Movie Poster Auction.
It is estimated at over $50,000.
"With the release in 1927 of Metropolis, director Fritz Lang set the standard for all epic science fiction films," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions.
"Following its premiere in Germany in 1927, Metropolis was released in a truncated version in America, which essentially cut the heart out of the film.
"Audiences did not understand it and it was not popular [in the States].
"The posters from this film are the rarest of rare - and it is especially true of US material.
"No one sheets or three sheets have ever surfaced, and offered here is an extremely attractive insert poster for this ground-breaking film," said Smith.
Watch this space for futher news on the sale.