Caring for Your Movie Posters


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Welcome to Heritage's Movie Posters Department
Heritage offers vintage movie posters through live auctions at major conventions nationwide via our impressive catalog 'Signature Auctions', as well as through the Internet to our bidder-members via our Internet only auctions. We count numerous household-name celebrities and pop culture icons among our regular clients, bidders and consignors, and we invite you to be among them.

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Caring for Your Movie Posters

  1. 1. Caring for Your Movie Posters Heritage Auctions Vintage Movie Posters
  2. 2. Caring for Your Movie PostersCaring for Your Movie PostersYour movie poster is a piece of motion picture history and should be afforded the same care andrespect that any historical artifact might be given.The three major destabilizing and destructive elements associated with these paper products are: Direct Sunlight - Always keep your posters out of direct sunlight, as these UV rays will fade the printing inks used in their manufacture. When framing a poster, always try to use archival or museum mounting elements such as U-V -resistant plexi-glass and acid- free mounting boards and mattes. Moisture - Always try to keep your posters from any contact with water or moisture such as extreme humidity. Moisture will not only stain and mildew your poster, but it will also deteriorate the elements used in its manufacture. Heat - Always avoid storing or displaying posters in overly hot environments, as these elements will make the paper fibers brittle and will darken them making your posters brown in the process.In caring for your movie posters, there are various handling and storage techniques to that shouldbe used. Folded Posters - For any folded poster, the folding and unfolding should be avoided, as that will eventually weaken the paper fibers and cause separation and tearing. For the post-1960s glossy stock posters, the folding is especially harmful, as the color will flake and fall off on from the fold lines with excessive handling. If a poster is rolled or has never been folded, under no circumstances should it be folded. It is best to store all posters unfolded and flat. Linen Backed Posters - Any poster that has been restored by mounting it on archival linen should be stored flat. The rolling and unrolling will eventually cause wear on the poster. Paper Backed Posters - Any poster that has been restored by mounting on Japanese or archival paper should be stored flat, as the rolling and unrolling will cause the fold lines to reappear in the paper.By all means, when having a poster framed, take the poster to a knowledgeable framer who hasexperience in archival museum mounting and framing. Never let a framer heat mount, or
  3. 3. adhesive mount your poster to flatten it! Anything done to frame the poster must always bereversible with no damaging effects.Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auctionhouse, with annual sales more than $750 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For moreinformation about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized,along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit to get the up-to-the-minute updates and breaking news stories about Heritage Auctions? Get themas they happen at:; Facebook: view acomplete archive of Heritage press releases, go to: