"Up for sale are 7 posters that constitute arguably the greatest movie poster collection in the world. Certainly, one could not say that they have the greatest science fiction collection without them. Each poster is unique and the only copy known to exist. All 7 of these posters transcend the movie poster field."
Big words for a humble eBay auction page, but the final sale price of $1,950,000 should pretty much erase all doubt: eBay user "mrs. miniver" really does seem to have the best frickin' movie poster collection of all time and she's selling it piece by piece to movie fans with deep wallets. The set that sold for $2 million included posters for 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', Howard Hawks' 'The Thing From Another World,' 'When Worlds Collide,' 'The Man From Planet X,' 'The War of the Worlds,' 'Forbidden Planet' and 'Conquest of Space', all of which are apparently the only remaining copies.
Even if you aren't wealthy enough to partake in her wares (some prices are high enough that you can only imagine people un-ironically wearing top hats and monocles when buying them), browsing through her sales is enough to make any movie fan -- especially science-fiction buffs -- feel a little weak in the limbs. Check out some examples after the jump.
First, let's take a look at a few of the amazing posters that were part of that multimillion-dollar sale, starting with this banner for the classic 'The Day the Earth Stood Still':
Next, here's 'Forbidden Planet', one of the best sci-fi films of the 1950s. It may not be as highly regarded as 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', but this poster is as iconic as they come:
Here's my personal favorite of the bunch, the creepy and eye-catching poster for the 1951 adaptation of H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds':
If your sci-fi tastes skew toward the populist, "mrs. miniver" offers plenty of original 'Star Wars' one-sheets for your buying pleasure, but why buy something you've seen before when you can put something like this one your wall:
Heck, if you're a real 'Star Wars' fan, surely you want this one gracing your kitchen:
If you're not a science-fiction fan, she still has you covered. How about an original 'Rocky II' poster?
You want something classier? Nothing classes up a joint quite like the Rat Pack:
What if you're a film snob trying to show off your knowledge of film history? Well, surely you'd be willing to lay down a couple thousand dollars for the poster for 'My Four Years in Germany.' Although not well known now, it was Warner Bros.' first film and this is the original poster from 1918!
Money can't buy you love, but it sure can buy you a whole lot of amazing things to put on your walls.