Collectible Vintage Posters

Since the mid 19th century, posters have been widely used to advertise products and events. Classified as ephemera, posters are printed sheets of paper designed to be thrown away after use. Many vintage posters are now considered highly collectible. During the First and Second World Wars, posters played an important part in propaganda and recruitment. Travel posters promoting destinations from around the world are also popular and often use the art deco theme to advertise must-go places. Both the music and film industries have widely used posters to promote upcoming music gigs, festivals, and movie releases. Film posters in particular can fetch record prices, especially for horror and science fiction films released before 1940. Railway posters, event posters, concert posters, pin-up posters are all considered collectible and are sought-after by collectors.

There are different criteria for what makes a poster collectible including scarcity, condition, and the image itself. Names to watch out for include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famously known for his Moulin Rouge posters, Jules Cheret who some credit as the "father of the modern poster" and A.M. Cassandre who is well known for the Normandie Poster (1935).

Many books have been written about posters and the art of collecting posters. In 2014, the most expensive book sold on AbeBooks was Les Maî de L'Affiche, a French art magazine that reproduced the finest posters at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. More than 100 artists were featured including Toulouse-Lautrec, William Nicholson and Maxfield Parrish.

Our selection below includes a varied selection of posters highlighting movie releases, art shows, boxing matches, political statements, concerts, musicians and more.


Collectible Vintage Posters

Original stone lithograph by Pablo Picasso titled Portrait Of Mrs. Paul Eluard

Original stone lithograph by Pablo Picasso titled Portrait Of Mrs. Paul Eluard

Sold for $1,500
sold
1961 Robert Schneider XXe Siecle no 17 Poster

1961 Robert Schneider XXe Siecle no 17

$20
1967 Alfred Mannesier XXe Siecle no 28 Poster

1967 Alfred Mannesier XXe Siecle no 28

$20
Caspar David Friedrich Ship in the Arctic Ocean

Caspar David Friedrich ship in the Arctic Ocean

Sold for $20
sold
Paul Klee Three Towers Poster

Paul Klee three towers poster

Sold for $20
sold
Odilon Redon Three Flower Vases Poster

Odilon Redon three flower vases poster

Sold for $20
sold
1989 Roy Lichtenstein Cup & Saucer Poster

1989 Roy Lichtenstein cup & saucer poster

$175
1991 Ty Wilson Liberty Poster

1991 Ty Wilson liberty poster

$150
The Road to the village by Bernard Buffet

The Road to the village by Bernard Buffet

$100
Ernest Trova Untitled Poster

Ernest Trova Untitled Poster

$75
Colorful vintage poster promoting Sweden

Colorful vintage poster promoting Sweden

Sold for $162
sold
1960s poster promoting Lake Central Airlines - Cincinnati

1960s poster promoting Lake Central Airlines - Cincinnati

$145
1967 United Airlines poster promoting Las Vegas

1967 United Airlines poster promoting Las Vegas

$325
1955 poster from the Southern Region of British Railways promoting new ships

1955 poster from the Southern Region of British Railways promoting new ships

$300
1968 silkscreened poster for the New York City Ballet designed by artist George Segal

1968 silkscreened poster for the New York City Ballet designed by artist George Segal

Sold for $150
sold
A striking poster circa 1960 of fishing boats before a snowy fjord

A striking poster circa 1960 of fishing boats before a snowy fjord

$135
YMCA benefit from early 1900s

YMCA benefit from early 1900s

$1,500
Vintage poster from Milan, illustrated by R. Bortolan

Vintage poster from Milan, illustrated by R. Bortolan

$55.98
1920s poster promoting Dance for Health, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

1920s poster promoting "Dance for Health, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing"

$76
1960 poster - Portland Continental. The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail

1960 poster - Portland Continental. The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail

$243
Designed by Hap Hadley, promoting the 1928 play Whispering Friends

Designed by Hap Hadley, promoting the 1928 play Whispering Friends

$300
Judy Garland at Lincoln Center 1968

Judy Garland at Lincoln Center 1968

Sold for $350
sold
From The New Yorker - View of the World from 9th Ave 1976

From The New Yorker - View of the World from 9th Ave 1976

$75
1978 poster named Classic Reflections

1978 poster named Classic Reflections

$100
Printed in France in 1979 - Group of People

Printed in France in 1979 - Group of People

Sold for $40
sold
Features an illustration by Aner of a longhaired blonde youth wearing a stylized outfit.

Features an illustration by "Aner" of a longhaired blonde youth wearing a stylized outfit.

$650
1974 poster depicting family of three

1974 poster depicting family of three

$550
Spring in Germany poster from 1930

Spring in Germany poster from 1930

$486
Original Poster dance at the State Theatre. May 1950

Original poster dance at the State Theatre, May 1950

$134.64
Be Kind to Animals Week poster from 1940

Be Kind to Animals Week poster from 1940

Sold for $302.50
sold
1946 poster promting the noir film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth

1946 poster promting the noir film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth

Sold for $78.54
sold
Uncle Sam asks, are your children up to standard, 1918

Uncle Sam asks, are your children up to standard, 1918

$250
1948 Barcelona Swimming Club

1948 Barcelona Swimming Club

Sold for $56.10
sold
A political poster in honor of the Marshall Plan (American aid to Europe after WW II) 1950

Political poster in honor of the Marshall Plan (American aid to Europe after WW II) 1950

$235
1920 poster promoting Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Gondoliers

1920 poster promoting Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Gondoliers

$46.38
1941 poster promoting Bohemian Nights event, artwork by Ray Sullivan

1941 poster promoting Bohemian Nights event, artwork by Ray Sullivan

$357.50
General Idea exhibition poster

"General Idea" exhibition poster

$50
Aeroplanes and airships color poster from 1916

Aeroplanes and airships color poster from 1916

$137.50
Collier's February 7, 1942: China Gold: A Novel of War-Torn China by Pearl S. Buck Now on Sale

Collier's February 7, 1942: China Gold: A Novel of War-Torn China by Pearl S. Buck Now on Sale

$200
Poster promoting the 1946 Barcelona trade fair

Poster promoting the 1946 Barcelona trade fair

$504.89
Allen Jones Night Class, 1968

1968 lithographic poster published by London's Alecto Gallery

Sold for $300
sold
Bread and Roses 1978

Poster printed in 1978 by Bread and Roses Cultural Projects

Sold for $25
sold
Arman for Amnesty International 1977

Arman for Amnesty International printed in 1977

Sold for $35.41
sold
As Far As the Eye Can See 2007

Designed by Lawrenece Weiner for his Whitney exhibition during 2007

$30
“I Had a Baby Out of Wedlock”: An enlightening authentic story for betting understanding. Woman’s Home Companion. 1952

This poster advertised the then-scandalous October 1952 life story of Emily Taylor, who struggled to raise her child as a single mother (1952)

$225
This poster was published during the First World War, it is part of a series designed by the school children of Paris, to encourage the French to join the war effort. 1917

This poster was published during the First World War, it is part of a series designed by the school children of Paris, to encourage the French to join the war effort. 1917

$189.07
Poster designed by Marc Chagall for an exhibition  at the  Galerie Maeght in June-July 1962, Paris.

Poster designed by Marc Chagall for an exhibition at the Galerie Maeght in June-July 1962, Paris.

Sold for $192.44
sold
As Far As the Eye Can See 2007

Poster and introductory letter in an envelope mailed to Intermedia magazine. Black and white. Poster is offset lithograph printed on both sides. 1979

Sold for $50
sold
1958 poster from the B-movie Daddy-O starring Dick Contino

1958 poster from the B-movie Daddy-O starring Dick Contino

Sold for $200
sold
D&ia Del Turista (The Tourist's Day) from 1967

Dia Del Turista (The Tourist's Day) from 1967

Sold for $87.43
sold
Vintage poster from 1965 promoting Darling Chérie, a movie starring Julie Christie who won the Academy Award for Best Actress

Vintage poster from 1965 promoting Darling Chérie, a movie starring Julie Christie who won the Academy Award for Best Actress

Sold for $300
sold
Exposició Bon from 1933 published by L'amic Del Llibre

Exposició Bon from 1933 published by L'amic Del Llibre

$92.90
1929 poster promoting the Barcelona International Exhibition Spanish Village

1929 poster promoting the Barcelona International Exhibition Spanish Village

Sold for $196.72
sold
1952 poster published by Dodge Division promoting cars for a budget-minded family

1952 poster published by Dodge promoting cars for a "budget-minded family"

Sold for $48.60
sold
Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Designed and signed by Egbert Herfurth in 1944 - a German graphic artist and painter

Sold for $87.43
sold
1967 poster and press release promoting a gallery opening in Montreal

1967 poster and press release promoting a gallery opening in Montreal

Sold for $84.67
sold
Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Psychedelic blacklight poster of a silhouetted woman springing from a flower against a background of vibrant blues, reds, and oranges. ca. 1970s.

Sold for $50
sold
Attractive poster featuring a detail from the Annunciation by Fra Angelico

Attractive poster featuring a detail from the Annunciation by Fra Angelico - 1967

Sold for $48.60
sold
A Visit with Floyd Patterson. This Week in The Saturday Evening Post February 28, 1959

A Visit with Floyd Patterson. This Week in The Saturday Evening Post February 28, 1959

$100
First Prize Grandma with Marijuana Plant Poster 1971

First Prize Grandma with Marijuana Plant Poster 1971

Sold for $50
sold
Color poster printed by Sint Hieronymus Press in California in 1983

Color poster printed by Sint Hieronymus Press in California in 1983

$200
1961 poster promoting The Frightened City, an independent British thriller

1961 poster promoting The Frightened City, an independent British thriller starring Sean Connery and Herbert Lom

$200
Produced for Miró's exhibition Aug-Oct 1966 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo

Produced for Miró's exhibition Aug-Oct 1966 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo

Sold for $87.91
sold
Attractive 1936 sepia toned ad from a Danish film magazine of the period for the depression hit comedy My Man Godfrey

Attractive 1936 sepia toned ad from a Danish film magazine of the period for the Depression hit comedy My Man Godfrey

Sold for $25
sold
1976 poster designed by Dana Bass who produced several feminist-themed posters during this period

1976 poster designed by Dana Bass who produced several feminist-themed posters during this period

Sold for $85.50
sold
Fundació Joan Miró from 1975

Fundació Joan Miró from 1975

$196.72
Full color poster from a Pathe Films trade supplement promoting the studios film product of 1927-28 and Hal Roach.

Full color poster from a Pathe Films trade supplement promoting the studio's movies of 1927-28 and Hal Roach.

$200
Halte au trafic culturel from 1979

Halte au trafic culturel from 1979

$90.71
The Hellstrom Chronicle - Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

The Hellstrom Chronicle - original folded one sheet movie poster (1971)

$200
World Heavyweight Championship: Holyfield Tyson Fri. Nov. 8, 1991 (Original poster for the canceled 1991 boxing match)

World Heavyweight Championship: Holyfield Tyson Fri. Nov. 8, 1991 (Original poster for the canceled 1991 boxing match)

Sold for $85
sold
The original poster and brochure for the 2005 exhibit at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Siena

The original poster and brochure for the 2005 exhibit at Palazzo Squarcialupi in Siena

Sold for $50
sold
Poster of samurai with sword published by Pan America circa 1960

Poster of samurai with sword published by Pan Am Airlines circa 1960

Sold for $91.80
sold
Jaws' movie poster, insert style, of the original 1975 movie.

Jaws' movie poster, insert style, of the original 1975 movie.

Sold for $95
sold
Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1976)

Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1976)

$200
Johnny Copeland, Original Vintage Concert 1981 Poster, Uptown Stage Door,Kansas City

Johnny Copeland, Original Vintage Concert 1981 Poster, Uptown Stage Door,Kansas City

Sold for $95
sold
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Poster from Circus Magazine 1971

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Poster from Circus Magazine 1971

Sold for $25
sold
Kool & the Gang with Special Guest Star Cheryl Lynn. Fri. Sept. 25, 1981 Concord Pavilion

Kool & the Gang with Special Guest Star Cheryl Lynn. Fri. Sept. 25, 1981 Concord Pavilion

$175
The inter-European cooperation for higher living standards 1950

The inter-European cooperation for higher living standards 1950

Sold for $90.17
sold
Leave the Fear of Red to Horned Beasts (1970)

Leave the Fear of Red to Horned Beasts (1970)

Sold for $195.50
sold
Blue Water, White Death- Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

Blue Water, White Death- Original Folded One Sheet Movie Poster (1971)

Sold for $50
sold
Man of Iron 1972 Kung Fu Movie Poster

Man of Iron 1972 Kung Fu Movie Poster

Sold for $95
sold
Marilyn the Musical Poster (1980)

Marilyn the Musical Poster (1980)

Sold for $100
sold
Munchen Gallery Art Poster: Experiment Weltuntergang

Munchen Gallery Art Poster: Experiment Weltuntergang

Sold for $25
sold
No S'admetan Bonas Festas

No S'admetan Bonas Festas

$93
Not Tonight Henry (1960)

Not Tonite, Henry! (1960)

$200
Pastels du Musee Carnavalet 1984

Pastels du Musee Carnavalet 1984

Sold for $25
sold
Affichette de l'Exposition Internationale Paris 1937 Signée par l'auteur CARLU

Affichette de l'Exposition Internationale Paris 1937 Signed by artist Carlos Botelho

Sold for $191.52
sold
25th Anniversary of Port Columbus: Airgate to the Nation, 1954

25th Anniversary of Port Columbus: Airgate to the Nation, 1954

$475
Devorss, Billy / Posing Pretty, Vintage Original 1930's Pin-up Poster

Billy DeVorss, posing pretty, vintage original 1930's pin-up poster

Sold for $195
sold
Save a Loaf a Week Help Win the War – World War 1 era

Save a Loaf a Week Help Win the War - World War 1 era

Sold for $100
sold
British Railways Poster: St. Andrews (1957)

British Railways Poster: St. Andrews, Scotland (1957)

Sold for $200
sold
Promotional poster for the Star Wars prequel, Episode 1

Promotional poster for the Star Wars prequel, Episode 1

Sold for $25
sold
Vii Gran Cabalgata De Barcelona (1965)

Vii Gran Cabalgata De Barcelona (1965)

$87.55
Victorian Photography. Arts Council. A Festival of Britain Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1951).

Victorian Photography. Arts Council. A Festival of Britain Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1951).

$186.35
sold
Waterwheel at Merton Industrial Archaeology by Richard Bawden, 1969

Waterwheel at Merton Industrial Archaeology by Richard Bawden, 1969

$350
We Are Now in This War (1942)

We Are Now in This War (1942)

Sold for $200
sold
Shakespeare Festival - Published by Stratford-on-Avon: Abercrombie and Shawcross., 1967

Shakespeare Festival - Published by Stratford-on-Avon: Abercrombie and Shawcross., 1967

$200

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