FAQ, Terms of Business, Customer Information, Imprint
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A Word from the Owner
(continued from Front Page) To the film industry, movie posters were merely a commodity, intended to draw the audience into the cinema and designated to be used, re-used and eventually discarded.
Very much like most of my fellow dealers in this hobby, I initially started out as a collector. I‘ve been a collector all my life, buying records, comic books, and, at some point, vintage film posters.
While I always loved all kinds of posters, perhaps my 'one true love' has always been the American posters for the 1950s creature-feature monster flics. I bought my first posters in the 1980s, long before the advent of the internet. Unfortunately, my early buying opportunities were fairly limited. Without email, high phone costs and expensive snail mail, the USA could have well been on another planet. While the domestic market for vintage German posters seemed fairly established, with the top-titles selling for four-digit amouts, nobody in Germany seemed to offer the kind of oddball material I would see pictured in the occasional back-issue of 'Famous Monsters‘ magazine that I was able to find.
In 1996, a small stack of German arthouse posters and a plane ticket to New York changed this (and my life) forever. At that point, what had started as a personal collecting interest evolved into a serious business. Pretty much immediately I found myself buying, selling and trading international movie posters and doing business with dealers and collectors from all over the world. A fair number of lasting friendships had their beginning in these days.
The internet has changed our market in a way nobody could have dreamed of, and while I love to sell online, I started to miss the personal encounters and the chit-chat of the early days. Consequently, in 2004, I opened my first brick-and-mortar shop in Berlin, and after one year moved to Kreuzberg, where you can still find me today.
Many years later, I still love what I do. If I ever had hopes of getting rich, I've long abandoned them, but on a day-to-day basis one thing‘s still for sure: This business may have its ups and downs, but it most definitely beats getting a job!
All of the posters offered on this site have gone through my hands, and on the rare occasion, that I'm less than 100% sure of what I'm offering, you will find my this clearly expressed in the item description.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all posters on these pages are 100% guaranteed original cinema posters.
Of course, everything you see here can be viewed in person at the shop, so if you‘re in the area, please be sure to stop by.
For all of you who can't make it to Berlin: WE SHIP WORLDWIDE. Both our domestic and international shipping rates are very reasonable and always include tracking and insurance.
Just in case, if you want to discuss a possible purchase, consider selling your collection or individual posters, or if any other questions or concerns arise, please drop me a note using the contact link at the bottom of this page or simply give me a call and I will be glad to assist you!
My best regards,
FAQ About Collecting Movie Posters
1. Why collect Movie Posters?
First of all, because it's fun! Almost everyone in every country and of every age enjoys watching movies. They have become one of the most dominant forces in both national and international culture. Movie posters are an excellent way to remember and admire the great films of the past.
Secondly, they look great framed on walls. Movie posters can be visually stunning, a snap-shot of the movie in one image equally as attractive as any work of art. Thirdly, they are affordable, a fair number of the posters offered by Galerie filmposter.net are priced between €20 and €100.
Fourthly, with people collecting all over the world it is a great hobby for anyone with an interest in film. Finally, movie posters can be a good investment. Since the first major auction at Christie's in 1991, movie posters have stood their ground in major league auctions. Sales results of the regular movie poster auctions held at top auction houses like Heritage and Christies are an obvious proof that the movie poster collecting market is very much alive and kickin'.
2. Are Movie Posters Collectable?
In 2005, a private collector paid $690,000 for an original 1927 German poster on the science fiction classic METROPOLIS, a world record that still stands today. While obviously most posters will never sell for anything near this amount, it shows just how valuable vintage movie posters can become. Popular movie posters for titles like 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', early James Bond titles and 'Star Wars' regularly sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars; the latter movie being just over thirty years old.
3. What makes a Movie Poster collectable?
'Original movie art' materials are produced by movie studios for distribution directly to theatres and/or movie distribution centers. They are printed by a select group of lithographers. These materials are designed, produced and distributed solely as advertising materials. They are to be used for that purpose only and then either returned or destroyed after their use.
These advertising materials are never intended to be given, distributed or sold to the public under any circumstances. They are printed in limited numbers, in accordance with the needs of the theatres and/or movie distribution centers. This makes them harder to get, thus creating the limited supply. Most people regard video posters and poster reproductions as non-collectible, so they are usually of no or very little monetary value.
4. What affects the Price of a Movie Poster?
Numerous factors affect the price of a movie poster and these include: the popularity of the film, the importance of the film, the director, the stars, the condition of the poster, rarity, size, the age of the poster and of course the artwork itself.
5. Where do you get your posters from?
Galerie filmposter.net acquires posters directly from movie theaters, private collectors and reputable dealers around the world.
6. How do I know these Posters are genuine?
Every poster offered by Galerie filmposter.net (unless explicitly stated) is an original, vintage, theater-used poster. These posters were never commercially available and were only printed in the year of their issue. We have been in business since 1996 and we guarantee the authenticity of every single poster in our collection. The occasional art print or reproduction is explicitly labeled.
7. Do you buy Movie Posters?
We do. We're always interested in buying vintage quality movie paper from around the world. We buy anything from individual pieces to complete collections. If you have posters and you're considering to sell them, please CONTACT US for a free appraisal.
8. Why are so many of the posters folded?
A folded poster is not defective or always considered lower in value. Advertising materials released prior to the mid-1980s were usually machine folded and mailed flat to the local movie distributors/exhibitors. A rolled, original poster of 'Casablanca' from 1942 simply does not exist.
Different countries still use different methods of distribution. Most modern American posters are sent to theatres rolled and an unfolded poster from the last twenty years is almost always more valuable than one that has been folded.
9. Which Grading System do you use?
There is no universal grading system in the movie poster hobby, and the different grades within a system may vary considerably by the personal standards of the person or company grading the poster. That said, the following grading terms should merely help to give you a general idea of the condition. Please contact us for a more detailed condition report.
Galerie filmposter.net uses the following grading system:
An unused, unfolded item in perfect condition, with only minimal wear (if any.)
NEAR MINT (NM)
Usually applies to folded, but otherwise mint movie posters or rolled posters with only minimal wear. Posters and lobby cards may have single pinholes in corners.
VERY FINE or FINE (VF/F)
A used film poster in overall excellent shape, but with minor signs of wear.
May have pinholes, smaller tears, light fading and slight overall wear.
VERY GOOD (VG)
An average, theatre used movie poster.
Several pinholes, tears, fading, tape stains, and/or minor paper loss may occur.
Heavy wear. Item will most likely show heavy fading and/or significant paper loss.
May still be presentable if framed. Items in Good condition are not recommended for the condition conscious collector.
Below average, major defects.
Unless it is an extremely desirable title, we don't sell items in this condition.
10. What does 'Re-Release', 'Advance' or 'Doublesided' mean?
A re-release means that the poster was printed when the film was re-released. After its initial release in 199, 'Gone with the Wind has been released' has been re-released about a dozen times in the US alone, so there are about twelve or thirteen different versions of the poster. Obviously the first issue is usually the most valuable but often the poster art is more definitive in defining value than the year alone.
An 'advance' or 'teaser advance' is a poster that is released before the film shows. It often has 'coming soon' or the date of release printed on the poster.
Since c. 1990 many posters have been printed double-sided which allows them to be placed on light boxes in cinemas. These posters are rarer than their singlesided counterparts and hence very collectable.
11. What does 'Linenbacking' or 'Paperbacking' mean?
Some of the film posters offered on this site are described as 'linenbacked' or 'paperbacked'. Linen- and paperbacking are techniques used to restore and archivally protect posters. The process also diminishes the appearance of the fold lines evident in many posters.
Here's how linenbacking works: The poster is affixed to archival paper which is then put on linen (actually, cotton canvas is more commonly used these days) and sometimes stiff paper stock is used instead of canvas. The process is archivally sound and reversible. Strictly non-acidic materials are used, and as part of the backing process the poster is de-acified, thus stopping the natural decay of the paper stock and preserving the poster for generations to come. Also, professional restoration can vastly improve the appearance of a movie poster. This procedure is internationally accepted, it is used by collectors, auction houses and archives worldwide.
We offer linenbacking and paperbacking as a customer service, please inquire for details.
12. Do you offer a framing service?
Yes. We usually have a small assortment of standard frames in stock and we also offer a top-quality archival framing service. Please inquire for details.
13. Why are they all different sizes?
Every country has different poster formats. Most countries have some variant of the 'one-sheet' format which usually measures around 69x104 cm (27x41 in). These posters are the most collectable but you should also keep an eye out for other sizes which are also produced for more unique purposes such as subway stations, movie theatre lobbies and advertising billboards. These sizes were usually printed in much lower quantities and are therefore considerably rarer.
The sizes of the posters can be found in the item descriptions. Sizes and designations differ according to their country of origin such as the A1 (Germany), One-Sheet, Halfsheet and Insert (USA), B2 and B1 (Japan), British Quad (Britain), or Daybill (Australia). An exception to the one-sheet size rule are France and Italy. These countries traditionally have rather large movie posters, a standard French Affiche measures app. 120x160 cm (47x63 in), the Italian Due-Folio and Quattro-Folio measure 100x140 cm (39x55 in) and 140x200 cm (55x79 in) respectively.
14. How do I preserve a Movie Poster?
Framing can help to preserve a movie poster but there are other factors to consider. Ideally they should be placed out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. In places with excessive humidity the paper can be affected if the frame is loosely fitted. If you have a large collection both in size and quantity, you may want to invest in flat file drawers. They can be purchased in most larger art supply stores. Linen and paper backing are techniques used to restore and archivally protect posters. More information about linenbacking and paperbacking can be found elsewhere on this page.
15. Do you sell Movie Poster Reproductions?
This website exclusively deals in original movie posters, the occasional art print or reproduction are explicitly labeled. We do offer a (very limited) selection of reprint posterts in our brick-and-mortar store. Galerie filmposter.net specializes in original vintage movie posters. Dealers for art prints and movie poster reproductions can be found elsewhere on the web.
Terms of Business, Customer Information, Imprint
General Terms and Conditions of Business for the Galerie filmposter.net Webshop
Any business relations between Galerie filmposter.net Inh. Helmut Hamm (referred to in the following as ,filmposter.net‘) and the Webshop Customer will be governed exclusively by the following Terms and Conditions of Business.
filmposter.net will not acknowledge any different terms and conditions of the Customer, unless filmposter.net has explicitly agreed to them in written form.
1. Formation of Contract
The offers featured in the filmposter.net Webshop are always subject to change without notice.
All prices given are subject to margin taxation according to §25a UStG. No separate USt. (sales tax) is declared. Prices do not include shipping costs.
Prior to submitting the online order, the Customer will be able to check and, where necessary, correct all details (e.g. name, address, form of payment and items ordered).
By going through the filmposter.net online order placement process, entering all the information required there and clicking the button "Order”, the Customer submits its binding willingness to enter into a purchase contract with Filmposter.Net.
Filmposter.Net can accept this offer to contract (and hence enter into the contract with the Customer) within 14 days by sending either an order confirmation or the items ordered.
Usually, orders will be shipped within 1-3 business days upon full receipt of payment.
For expensive items, a payment plan is available. Please contact us for details.
2. Consumer’s Right of Cancellation
Consumer customers will be entitled to cancel the contract subject to the following:
Right of withdrawal
You have the right to withdraw from this contract within 14 days without giving any reason. The withdrawal period will expire after 14 days from the day you have received your order. To exercise the right of withdrawal, you must inform us: Galerie filmposter.net Inh. Helmut Hamm, Pücklerstr. 21, 10997 Berlin, of your decision to withdraw from this contract by an unequivocal statement (e.g. a letter sent by post, fax or e-mail).
You may use the following withdrawal form, but it is not obligatory:
Sample Withdrawal Form
- To Galerie filmposter.net Inh. Helmut Hamm, Pücklerstr. 21, 10997 Berlin, E-Mail: mail(at)filmposter(dot)net :
- I hereby withdraw from the contract entered on (*) consisting in the delivery of the following goods:
- Order placed on (*)/ received on (*)
- Customer name
- Customer address
- Customer signature (only required by submission on paper)
(*) Delete inapplicable
To meet the withdrawal deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right of withdrawal before the withdrawal period has expired.
Effects of withdrawal
If you withdraw from this contract, we shall reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery (with the exception of the supplementary costs resulting from your choice of a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us), without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which we are informed about your decision to withdraw from this contract. We will carry out such reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of such reimbursement. Any items must be received back in the exact same condition they were delivered. We recommend using our original shipping supplies for any returns.
3. Delivery, Delivery Proviso, Shipping Costs, Customs Duties
If the Customer has effectively revoked his contract declaration according to Section 2 of these Terms and Conditions the original shipping costs will be reimbursed. The refund of shipping costs is limited to the costs of our standard shipping services. Any upgrades requested by the Customer are non-refundable. The regular costs of the return shipment shall be paid by the Customer.
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Dissenting from standard regulations, the warranty period for used goods is limited to one year upon handover of the items. Unless otherwise agreed in the following, any other claims of the Customer – derived for whatever legal reason – will be ruled out. For this reason, filmposter.net will not be liable for damages generated on the article delivered itself; in particular filmposter.net will not be liable for losses in profits or for any other financial losses suffered by the Customer. Where the liability of filmposter.net is ruled out or restricted, this will also apply for the personal liability of employees, representatives and vicarious agents.The above restriction of liability will not apply if the damages suffered are attributable to wilful intent or gross negligence or in the case of physical injury. It will also not apply if the Customer asserts claims under the Product Liability Act.Should filmposter.net violate a significant duty of the contract, the duty to compensate for material damages will be restricted to those that are incurred typically.All damages attributable to natural wear-and-tear, to improper use of the article and to inadequate or erroneous care will not be covered by guarantee.filmposter.net will not be liable for the downloading of files if the cause of the defective transfer lies within the sphere of responsibility of the Customer (e.g. using non-compatible hardware and/or software) or of third parties appointed by the Customer (Internet provider, telecommunications provider).
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The data provided by the Customer will be treated as confidential and only forwarded to filmposter.net and to the company appointed by filmposter.net to deal with the order in encrypted form over a SSL server. Personal data will only be retrieved, processed, used and, where necessary, forwarded to authorized partners subject to the regulations of the [German] Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the [German] Telecommunications Data Protection Act (TDDSG) solely for purposes of dealing with the order (substantiation, implementation and proof of the provision of the service due under contract). The Customer agrees that the postal service provider appointed by filmposter.net will communicate the correct address of the Customer, in the event a consignment could not be delivered under the address given (Section 7 (5) [German] Postal Service Data Protection Ruling (PDSV)). The Customer will be able to receive information at any time about the data saved relating to the Customer. Upon request, the Customer data will be deleted, providing all order placements have been dealt with in full.
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9. Place of Performance and Place of Jurisdiction
Place of performance is Berlin. Jurisdiction for any and all claims and disputes arising from the contractual relations will lie with the proper courts at Berlin, providing the Customer is a business person.
10. Clause governing the Written Form/ Severability Clause
Additional or differing arrangements will require the written form and will only then become component of the contract. Should any of the above provisions be inoperative in whole or in part, the validity of the remaining provisions will not be affected hereby.
11. Identity of the Seller
All items offered in this webshop are sold by:
Inh. Helmut Hamm
Last Updated: April 2018
Contact: Helmut Hamm Tel. +49(0)30.308.24.953
USt.-ID: DE 813015689
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