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How to measure prints and posters like an expert

Accurately measuring prints and posters can be challenging. This guide will give you the tools to accurately measure them. Before handling your prints and posters, make sure your hands are clean and dry, and use gloves if you have them.

The standard format for reporting measurements of a print or a poster is as follows: Height x Width. For a framed artwork, use this format: Height x Width x Depth.

Experts need three different measurements to assess your print or poster: Sheet, Image and Plate. If the work is in a frame, they also need to know the Sight and Frame measurements.

Sheet: Measure the entire sheet of paper. If your item is in a frame, you may not be able to take this measurement. See the red line in the illustration below.

Image: Measure the colored area. See the yellow line in the illustration below.

Plate: Plate marks are faint indentations surrounding the image, and are usually square or rectangular in shape. See the blue line in the illustration below.

Sight: This is the area of the artwork that is visible inside the mat or frame. See the orange line in the illustration below.

Frame: This is the overall size of the frame. See the purple line in the illustration below.

How to measure prints

How to measure prints

How to measure prints
Measuring tools

  • Seamstress tape: Soft and flexible, good for measuring circumference, three-dimensional objects or curved objects.
  • Measuring tape: Rigid, can be hooked onto a frame or canvas, good for measuring straight items that are longer than one foot.
  • Ruler: Rigid, good for measuring straight items smaller than one foot, particularly small items that can be laid directly on the ruler.

How to Measure:

  1. Place the “Zero” end of your ruler at one end of your print (the “Zero” end is usually on the left side of the ruler).
  2. Make sure the end of your ruler is flush (in line) with your print.
  3. Adjust your ruler so that it is aligned with your print.
  4. Move to the opposite side of the print you are measuring and read the ruler.

Take a trip back to the psychedelic era via Aug. 5 concert poster auction

Vintage rock concert posters provide an artful form of proof. If you saw the show, it reinforces the fact that you were there; if you weren’t, it delivers artful evidence that it happened (or, in some cases, that it was supposed to happen).

On August 5, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a 311-lot sale of Vintage Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll Posters.

Big Brother and the Holding Company November 1967 concert poster, est. $50-$100

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Rock’s biggest acts recalled in online auction April 25

The Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones are the top attractions in a psychedelic rock concert poster auction that will be conducted online by Jasper52 on Saturday, April 25. No less than a dozen posters for each of the legendary bands are offered in this 125-lot auction.

Grateful Dead at Winterland progressive proof, designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, 1978, 23in x 29in. Estimate: $250-$500. Jasper52 image

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Underground comix, posters costar in online auction April 1

Some of the finest underground comix ever created by the likes of Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton and Victor Moscoso lead off a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, April 1. The rare comic books will be followed by a collection of psychedelic rock posters from the Fillmore, Avalon and other concert venues.

Underground comic book, ‘Air Pirates Funnies #1,’ dealer-punched at the top left. Estimate: $300-$1,000. Jasper52 image

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Psychedelic rock posters online auction rolls on March 28

“My my, hey hey. Rock and roll is here to stay.” The opening lines to the Neil Young song Out of the Blue echo the theme of the Vintage Psychedelic Music Posters Auction to be held online by Jasper52 on Saturday, March 28. Bands featured in the sale range from San Francisco-based groups such as Big Brother & the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service to British stalwarts Led Led Zeppelin and the Who.

Original BG-199 Led Zeppelin lithograph poster, 13¾in x 21½in, designed by Randy Tuten, published by Bill Graham, 1969. Estimate: $500-$1,000. Jasper52 image

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Film classics have top billing in online poster auction Sept. 3

Murder, mystery, suspense and voluptuous blondes are at the head of a Jasper52 online auction of movie poster and memorabilia auction taking place Tuesday, Sept. 3. The opening attraction is a one sheet poster for the 1953 feature “Niagara” starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten.

‘Niagara,’ one sheet poster, 1953, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotton, linen-backed, 27in. x 41in. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Jasper52 image

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Blockbuster movie posters starring in Jasper52 sale May 14

Jasper52 will debut an Affordable Vintage Movie Collectibles auction on Tuesday, May 14. Original posters, lobby cards and movie stills comprise this 50-lot collection that ranges from film noir to modern cult classics.

‘Key Largo’ (Warner Bros., 1948) vintage original lobby card featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, 14in. x 11in. Estimate: $200-$300. Jasper52 image

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Horror movie posters bring frightening prices

NEW YORK — Horror movie posters — be they blockbuster films or indie cult classics — are highly collectible, whether the movies they advertised were great or so bad that they were good. Works of art in their own right, horror posters take storytelling to the next level through visuals. Arguably, they sometimes overstep the boundaries of good taste, but that’s part of the fun.

The Overstreet Guide to Horror Collecting surveys all sorts of horror collectibles, from movie posters to comic books and more. Photo courtesy of Hake’s.

“Horror movies differ from other film genres because they capitalize on visceral reactions and focus on the villains, which is reflected in the movie posters,” said Amanda Sheriff, author of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Movie Posters and The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Horror. “They typically depict menacing villains, protagonists in peril, the threat of violence, ominous settings, and grotesque imagery. The best posters are designed to promise a fun and frightening viewing experience.”

From creepy villains and misunderstood monsters to damsels in distress or terrifying experiments gone horribly wrong, horror movies terrify us as children and fascinate us as we get older. While each generation has its own monsters (Freddy, Jason, Godzilla and Chucky to name a few), the classics like Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman will always rank high among favorites for collectors.

This three-sheet insert movie poster, style C, for Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) set a world auction record price of $358,500 in March 2015 at Heritage Auctions. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Not surprisingly, a 1931 three-sheet insert poster for Frankenstein, the original sympathetic monster, holds a world auction record price of $358,500, set at Dallas’ Heritage Auctions in March 2015. Heritage also holds the record for a one-sheet poster —  Dracula (from the same film studio, Universal, also released in 1931), which sold for $525,800 in November 2017.

“Every cliché of cinema horror was created with this film: the mad scientist, the misunderstood monster, the angry villagers carrying torches, the dark laboratory filled with science fictional devices, and the creepy assistant,” according to Heritage Auctions.

Grey Smith, director of vintage posters at Heritage, said horror movie posters combine several design tricks to make them so compelling. “Title and design are the draws. The titles of the great Universal films make them in great demand and the better the graphic, the better the demand. But that being said, almost anything to have survived from the 1920s and ’30s of the great horror films is of demand. I believe horror posters are so avidly collected as horror films make a very strong impression on young people and when they grow older with money to collect, those are films that were important to them.”

A one-sheet poster for The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal, 1954) fetched $18,107 in March 2016 at Hake’s Auctions. Photo courtesy of Hake’s Auctions.

Michael Bollinger is senior cataloguer and resident horror specialist at Hake’s Auctions in York, Pa., and coincidentally, is Amanda Sheriff’s husband. He added, “Striking Gothic and oftentimes grotesque imagery tends to linger with an audience, piquing interest. That morbid curiosity acts as a hook, compelling moviegoers to check out the film.”

From Nosferatu to today’s movies, horror movie posters have evolved stylistically over the years. “Early horror posters were dramatically painted in bold colors, usually featuring large renderings of the villains with inset images of the heroes,” Sheriff said. “They transitioned to photo-based imagery, in some cases using artistic collages and in others basic cast photos or glimpses of the gore.”

Within the horror genre, there are notable poster subgenres that appeal to collectors, including the silent film era, classic Universal monsters, the ’50s sci-fi/horror, Britain’s Hammer Studios horror, giant monsters like King Kong and Godzilla and slashers from the ’70s and ’80s, Sheriff said. Collectors are also drawn to international horror films and among the most visually striking  posters are those for the Italian Giallo films of the late 1960s and ’70s.

A record price was set for this one-sheet Dracula poster, style A (also a 1931 movie released by Universal), which sold for $525,800 in November 2017 at Heritage Auctions. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Among the most collectible and desirable posters, the early Universal Monsters posters are typically the rarest and achieve the highest prices. Rare posters for such films as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Black Cat, The Bride of Frankenstein, and The Phantom of the Opera have brought hundreds of thousands.

“As for popularity and accessibility, posters for Alfred Hitchcock hits like Psycho, 1950s sci-fi/horror posters like Attack of the 50-Ft. Woman, and slashers like Friday the 13th are consistent favorites,” Sheriff said.

Asked about what would bring the most money, Smith theorized some of the best have yet to be sold. “I suggest that the top posters may be those posters that have not appeared in the market before and still remain elusive, such as a Dracula 1931 three-sheet, anything from the silent classic Nosferatu, a U.S. one-sheet to Metropolis, a Mummy 1933 six-sheet or a Frankenstein 1931 style D three-sheet,” Smith said. “All are unknown and should bring large sums in the market.”

This insert poster is for the original release of the classic 1958 film Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, where an heiress comes into contact with a large alien, making her become a giant. The poster made $9,086 at Hake’s Auctions in March 2018. Photo courtesy of Hake’s Auctions.

The market for horror posters remains very strong, especially for key titles and key horror posters. “The earliest horror movie posters dominate the highest prices paid for posters, holding many records within different size categories,” Sheriff said. “Across all time periods, horror posters regularly sell for higher prices than their contemporary competition from other genres. This may not be the case when going up against Marilyn Monroe or James Bond, but if an average horror poster sale is compared to an average sale for a comedy or drama or action poster, it’s likely that the scary stuff sells for more.”

Classic horror movie posters star in online auction Oct. 17

Original posters for classic horror movies are the main attractions of a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Items span the silent era through the 1980s. The Jasper52 auction also offers original scripts for Beetlejuice (1988), The Fly (1985) and An American Werewolf in London (1981).

‘Return of the Ape Man,’ original half sheet poster, starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine, 1944, 22 x 28 inches, paper-backed, near fine condition. Estimate: $8,000-$1,000. Jasper52 image

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Movie poster auction stars cowboy heroes Sept. 26

A cavalcade of cowboys rides tall in a Jasper52 auction of western movie posters from Hollywood’s golden age on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Stars featured range from Tom Mix and Tim McCoy to John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.

‘Wyoming Bill’s Wild West’ show poster, 1913; 29in x 43in. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Jasper52 image

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