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A Movie Poster Just Broke Records After Being Sold For $500,000 At Auction

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Do you remember when movie posters used to be a popular collector's item? Covering the walls of your basement or bedroom, it served as a reminder for all of your favorite movies and stars.

It seems like there aren't many people that accumulate movie posters the way we used to, but as it turns out, some of the ones that have been collecting dust in our storage room may actually be worth a small fortune.

Considering Dracula was released 86 years ago, not many of the movie's original posters exist today, especially not in near-mint condition.

The vast majority of posters that people see for the movie now are reprints.

A number of factors go into to determining a poster's value. Firstly, they have to be an original copy and not a reprint. Secondly, they need to be in near-mint condition, not rolled or folded. It was customary for the posters in the 80s to be folded down to approximately 11x14 inches and shipped flat.

The value of the poster is also considered by the popularity of the film as well as the number of original prints issued. If the movie flopped or didn't have a big impact on the movie industry, its posters will have a much lower value compared to movies that broke box office records worldwide.

Oddly enough, 12 of the top 15 most expensive movie posters ever sold at auction belong to Universal's Monster movies, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Black Cat.

Two examples of this iconic movie poster are known to have survived all these years, and one of them just sold at auction for an unbelievable amount of money.

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