An uber rare movie poster of the 1927 silent classic, "Metropolis," has been seized due to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy case.
Kenneth Schacter, a prominent collector, purchased the print -- one of only four known surviving copies -- for a record-holding $690,000 in 2005. In March, Movieposterexchange.com offered to buy it for $850,000. According to estimates, the relic could fetch more than $1 million, which would make it the first of its kind to pass the million mark in a public sale.
Painter Heinz Schulz-Neudamm fashioned the poster for the German masterpiece, which was directed by Fritz Lang. The film is based on the novel by Lang's wife Thea Von Harbou, which takes a look at the dystopian future of the year 2000.
In addition to this poster, is a 1933 "King Kong" poster (which could rival the "Metropolis" print), and a 1933 one-sheet teaser from "The Invisible Man," both of which were in the Schacter collection. According to court filings, the total collection could be worth an eye-popping $5 million.
The Hollywood Reporter's initial article about the potential sale of "Metropolis" poster that pushed Schacter from a Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy.
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Aston Martin DB5, 'Goldfinger'
James Bond's favorite mode of transportation sold for an astounding $4.1 million back in 2010. However, this was no ordinary car. <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-28/news/27079402_1_aston-martins-goldfinger-and-thunderball-george-lazenby" target="_hplink">As the AP points out</a>, the DB5 came equipped with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear.
Luke's Lightsaber, 'Star Wars'
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This would make Doc Brown proud. One of the cars used in the third "Back to the Future" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/delorean-sells-for-541k-back-to-the-future_n_1171549.html" target="_hplink">sold for $541,000 in December 2011</a>. (Hoverboard not included.)
Porsche 911 + Racing Suit, 'Le Mans'
This 1971 action film scored not one but two major sales in 2011. First up was the Porsche 911 Steve McQueen drove in the opening scene of the movie, <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/08/20/mcqueen-porsche-911-hammers-for-1-25-million/" target="_hplink">which went for $1.25 million</a>. Three months later, McQueen's racing suit snagged $984,000 -- <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/12/21/records-indeed-steve-mcqueen-le-mans-suit-sells-for-984000/" target="_hplink">way more than its $200,000-$300,000 estimate</a>.
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