Deco Devotion

'Metropolis Poster' Fetches Record Price

23rd December 2009

The Classic Film Metropolis is one of the most iconic films of all time symobolising the Art Deco era. The poster that advertised the film has become one of the most sought after items of memorabillia and one of four known advertising copies of the German 1920s film has recently sold for a world record $690,000 to a California-based private collector. The poster was designed by graphic artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm, which featured the futuristic skyline from the film which was directed by Fritz Lang. The three other known copies of the Art Deco poster are at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Berlin's Film Museum, and another is in a private collection.

The California-based purchaser was identified as collector Ken Schacter, who purchased it from British businessman Andrew Cohen, chairman of mail order firm Betterware.

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