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The Art of the Movies

Sunday, July 9, 2006
By ED BEESON
HERALD NEWS
North Jersey Media Group

“Is it art? Is it nostalgia? Is it advertising?

Does it matter? Like many things in American culture, original movie posters can be immensely collectible scraps of paper. An original poster advertising “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” can set you back $8,500. One for “Flying Down to Rio,” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ first flick together, once sold for $82,000.

The most anyone has paid for a movie poster, at least on record, is $690,000. Some lucky bidder spent that much at an auction last November on an exceedingly rare original poster for “Metropolis,” the futuristic 1927 Fritz Lang film.”

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