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"The Wizard Of Oz / Il Mago di OZ," Original Italian Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian poster for the legendary 1939 Fantasy movie The Wizard of OZ. Very few of these are know to have survived.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Posters

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Mid-Century Italian Motor Scooter, 'Lambretta' Original Vintage Italian Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Mid-Century Italian Motor Scooter, 'LAMBRETTA' Original Vintage Italian Poster "Lambretta is the brand name of mainly motor scooters, initially manufactured in Milan, Italy, by In...
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Antique 1670s Italian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, Paper

'Steel Jungle / Giungla D'acciaio' Italian Movie Poster
By Luigi Martinati
Located in London, GB
Original Italian movie poster. This poster was designed to be used in a display case outside the cinemas in Italy at the time of the films re-release first release in the 1956 This s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

Picnic" Original Italian Movie Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian movie poster for William Holden and Kim Novak's 1956 drama. This Italian poster showing a fabulous image of Kim Novak is the very best poster on this title.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

Picnic" Original Italian Movie Poster
H 79 in. W 55 in. D 0.1 in.
"The Brides of Dracula / Le Spose di Dracula" Original Italian Movie Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian Movie poster for the 1960 Hammer Horror film staring Peter Cushing and directed by Terence Fisher. Brides of Dracula was one of the best horror films that Hammer St...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

Blow-up (1967) Poster
Located in London, GB
Original first release (1967) Italian poster for the classic Michelangelo Antonioni film 'Blow Up', starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. This is the illustrative style, with...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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  • Blow-up (1967) Poster
  • Blow-up (1967) Poster
  • Blow-up (1967) Poster
  • Blow-up (1967) Poster
H 79 in. W 55 in. D .1 in.
Blow-Up Original 1967 Italian Giant 4 Foglio Film Movie Poster, Brini
By Ercole Brini
Located in Bath, Somerset
Fabulous country-of-origin first-year-of-release Italian poster for the 60s classic Blow-up featuring striking evocative artwork by Ercole Brini. The Italian 4 Foglio is a massive po...
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20th Century Italian Posters

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Linen, Paper

"The Adventures of Don Juan" or "Le Avventure di Don Giovarri" Film Poster
By Luigi Martinati
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for Don June. This was Errol Flynn's last big budget. Movie and a perfect role for Flynn. The poster features beautiful artwork by the renowned Italian ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Posters

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"Sirocco / Damasco 25" Film Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for the 1951 film Sirocco. This poster was designed by the great Italian poster artist Anselmo Ballester (1897-1974) The film was released in Italy one ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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  • "Sirocco / Damasco 25" Film Poster
  • "Sirocco / Damasco 25" Film Poster
  • "Sirocco / Damasco 25" Film Poster
  • "Sirocco / Damasco 25" Film Poster
H 79 in. W 55 in. D .1 in.
Reprisal / Rappresaglia
By Anselmo Ballester
Located in London, GB
Original Italian posters for the 1956 Western Reprisal starring Guy Madison, Felicia Farr, Kathryn Grant. The film was directed by George Sherman. This wonderful artwork on this po...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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  • Reprisal / Rappresaglia
  • Reprisal / Rappresaglia
  • Reprisal / Rappresaglia
  • Reprisal / Rappresaglia
H 28 in. W 13 in. D 0.1 in.
Original Vintage Poster Rene Gruau Biancheria Ortalion Woman Italian Fashion
By René Gruau
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
The 1950s were the last flowering of the golden age of the ocean liner, which would soon be usurped by the jet plane. During the decade, transatlantic crossings were joined by a stro...
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Vintage 1960s Posters

Man Ray Combattimento per un'immagine-photografi e pittori 1974 Italian
By Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian poster by Man Ray for the exhibition Man Ray: Combattimento per un'immagine-photografi e pittori. Very Good-Fine condition, rolled. Please note: the size is sta...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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La Notte
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for Michelangelo Antonioni 1961 drama. The film starred Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti. The artwork is by the Italian poster artist ...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Posters

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  • La Notte
  • La Notte
  • La Notte
  • La Notte
H 79 in. W 55 in. D 0.1 in.
Gone With The Wind '1956r' Poster
Located in London, GB
Quite frankly my dear I don’t give a damn! Stunning large format Italian poster for this 1956 re-release featuring unique Ericole Brini artwork of Scarlet and Rhett. Possibly the mos...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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  • Gone With The Wind '1956r' Poster
  • Gone With The Wind '1956r' Poster
  • Gone With The Wind '1956r' Poster
  • Gone With The Wind '1956r' Poster
H 79 in. W 55 in. D .1 in.
Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
Located in London, GB
This gorgeous rendering of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly by famous Italian poster artist Enzo Nistri, is perhaps the most beautiful image of Audrey on movie paper! This film was ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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  • Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
H 55 in. W 39 in. D .1 in.
Arson, Inc. / I Gangsters Del Fuoco
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for the 1949 crime, adventure movie staring Robert Lowery and Anne Gwynne. The atmospheric design used on this piece is unique to Italian poster.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Posters

Arson, Inc. / I Gangsters Del Fuoco
H 13 in. W 28 in. D 0.1 in.
Large Early Original Antique Drink Advertising Poster - Bitter Campari Aperitif
By Adolfo Hohenstein
Located in London, GB
Original antique three panel drink advertising poster for the Italian bitter aperitif alcohol brand Campari featuring a striking oval framed Art Nouveau style design by the notable G...
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Posters

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Place in the Sun
Located in London, GB
Original Italian poster for George Stevens 1951 drama, romance “A Place In The Sun”. Starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. This piece is conservation lin...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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  • Place in the Sun
  • Place in the Sun
  • Place in the Sun
  • Place in the Sun
H 13.5 in. W 19.5 in. D .1 in.
Dr. No '1970s' Poster
Located in London, GB
The 1970s re-release Italian poster for "Dr. No" is the only campaign to feature Ursula Andress as Honey Rider in her iconic white bikini, and this is what makes this poster so desir...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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  • Dr. No '1970s' Poster
  • Dr. No '1970s' Poster
  • Dr. No '1970s' Poster
  • Dr. No '1970s' Poster
H 79 in. W 55 in. D .1 in.
The Big Heat / Il Grande Caldo
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for Fritz Lang's 1953 Film Noir staring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame. The artwork on this poster was created one of the greatest Italian poster artists ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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  • The Big Heat / Il Grande Caldo
  • The Big Heat / Il Grande Caldo
  • The Big Heat / Il Grande Caldo
  • The Big Heat / Il Grande Caldo
H 28 in. W 13 in. D .1 in.
Second Chorus or Follie di Jazz
By Enrico De Seta
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for the 1940 musical comedy second chorus. This Hollywood musical stars Paulette Goddard and Fred Astaire and features Artie Shaw, Burgess Meredith and ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Posters

  • Second Chorus or Follie di Jazz
  • Second Chorus or Follie di Jazz
  • Second Chorus or Follie di Jazz
  • Second Chorus or Follie di Jazz
H 55 in. W 39 in. D 0.1 in.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Colazione da Tiffany), 1961
By Ercole Brini
Located in London, GB
This oversized, vintage, 4-foglio variant of the Italian poster for Hepburn's greatest role is extremely rare. The story is based on Truman Capote's novel of a young woman in New Yor...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Posters

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Paper

The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for the 1955 Western The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie This film was directed by Anthony Mann, and starred James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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Paper

  • The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie
  • The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie
  • The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie
  • The Man from Laramie / L'Uomo di Laramie
H 55 in. W 39 in. D 0.1 in.
Walt Disney Animation / Un Cartone Animato
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for Walt Disney Animations / Un Cartone Animato. This rare animation poster was designed to advertise Walt Disney shorts. In Italy posters were not produ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Posters

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Paper

Experiment Perilous / Schiava Dal Male
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for White Heat, 1949. This film was directed by Raoul Walsh, and stars James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien. Cagney was synonymous with gangste...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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Paper

  • Experiment Perilous / Schiava Dal Male
  • Experiment Perilous / Schiava Dal Male
  • Experiment Perilous / Schiava Dal Male
  • Experiment Perilous / Schiava Dal Male
H 55 in. W 39 in. D .1 in.
White Heat / La Furia Umana
By Luigi Martinati
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for White Heat, 1949. This film was directed by Raoul Walsh, and stars James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien. Cagney was synonymous with gangste...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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Paper

  • White Heat / La Furia Umana
  • White Heat / La Furia Umana
  • White Heat / La Furia Umana
  • White Heat / La Furia Umana
H 55 in. W 39 in. D .1 in.
House of Wax / La Maschera di Cera
Located in London, GB
Original exceptionally rare Italian poster, that has only surfaced a few times. This American colour 3-D horror film was directed by Andre DeToth and stars Vincent Price. It was a r...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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Paper

  • House of Wax / La Maschera di Cera
  • House of Wax / La Maschera di Cera
  • House of Wax / La Maschera di Cera
  • House of Wax / La Maschera di Cera
H 55 in. W 39 in. D .1 in.
"Mack" 1974 Italian Locandina Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian locandina poster for the film The Mack directed by Michael Campus with Max Julien / Don Gordon / Richard Pryor / Carol Speed. Very Good-Fine condition, folded. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Casanova" 1976 Italian Locandina Film Poster
By Averardo Ciriello
Located in New York, NY
Original 1976 Italian locandina poster by Averardo Ciriello for the film Casanova directed by Federico Fellini with Donald Sutherland / Tina Aumont / Cicely Browne / Carmen Scarpitta...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

Vintage Italian Menu Card Poster, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Original 1960s framed post/menu card from a Italian Restaurant with branches in Napoli, Barletta and Rome. Motif: Knight on Horse. Detailed and categorized menu with prizes. Printed ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

  • Vintage Italian Menu Card Poster, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Menu Card Poster, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Menu Card Poster, 1960s
  • Vintage Italian Menu Card Poster, 1960s
H 29.14 in. W 20.48 in. D 0.99 in.
Breathless 1960 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1960 Italian fotobusta poster for the film Breathless (A bout de souffle) directed by Jean-Luc Godard with Jean Seberg / Jean-Paul Belmondo / Daniel Boulanger / Henri-Jacque...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

1970s Olivetti Advertising Poster Italian Design
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1977 advertising poster for Olivetti designed by Flavio Constantini, Italy. Rolled. Measures: L 68cm x W 48cm.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Paper

"Solaris" 1974 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian fotobusta poster for the first Italian theatrical release of the film Solaris directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with Natalya Bondarchuk / Donatas Banionis / Juri Jar...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Solaris" 1974 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian fotobusta poster for the first Italian theatrical release of the film “Solaris” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with Natalya Bondarchuk / Donatas Banionis / Juri J...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Solaris" 1974 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian fotobusta poster for the first Italian theatrical release of the film “Solaris” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with Natalya Bondarchuk / Donatas Banionis / Juri J...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

Blow-Up 1968 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1968 Italian fotobusta poster for the film Blow-Up (Blow Up) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni with Vanessa Redgrave / Sarah Miles / David Hemmings / John Castle. Very Good...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

"The Italian Job," 1969 Poster
Located in London, GB
This is one of the best loved British films, which starred Michael Caine in his most famous role. Caine delivers one of cinema's best lines 'you were only supposed to blow the bloody...
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Vintage 1960s British Posters

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Paper

  • "The Italian Job," 1969 Poster
  • "The Italian Job," 1969 Poster
  • "The Italian Job," 1969 Poster
  • "The Italian Job," 1969 Poster
H 30 in. W 40 in. D .1 in.
Rope R1963 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1963 re-release Italian fotobusta poster for the 1948 film Rope directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Dick Hogan / John Dall / Farley Granger / Edith Evanson. Very Good-Fine con...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Mamma Roma" 1962 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1962 Italian fotobusta poster for the film "Mamma Roma" directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini with Anna Magnani / Ettore Garofolo / Franco Citti / Silvana Corsini. Very good-fine ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

'Mamma Roma' 1962 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1962 Italian fotobusta poster for the film 'Mamma Roma' directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini with Anna Magnani / Ettore Garofolo / Franco Citti / Silvana Corsini. Very good-fine ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

Fantastic Voyage 1966 Italian Locandina Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1966 Italian locandina poster for the film Fantastic Voyage directed by Richard Fleischer with Stephen Boyd / Raquel Welch / Edmond O'Brien / Donald Pleasence. Very Good-Fin...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

'Mamma Roma' 1962 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1962 Italian fotobusta poster for the film 'Mamma Roma' directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini with Anna Magnani / Ettore Garofolo / Franco Citti / Silvana Corsini. Fine condition,...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

"I Gangsters del Fuoco" Original Italian Film Poster
By Rinaldo Geleng
Located in London, GB
Original Italian film poster for the 1949 Crime , Film-Noir movie "Arson, Inc." The atmospheric artwork is by poster designer Rinaldo Geleng (1920-2003)
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Vintage 1940s Italian Posters

Bambi R1970s Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1970s re-release Italian fotobusta poster for . Very Good condition, folded. Many original posters were issued folded or were subsequently folded. Please note: the size is s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Paper

Mamma Roma 1962 Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1962 Italian fotobusta poster for the film Mamma Roma directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini with Anna Magnani / Ettore Garofolo / Franco Citti / Silvana Corsini. Very good fine co...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

'Notorious' R1950s Italian Fotobusta Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1950s re-release Italian fotobusta poster for the 1946 film ‘Notorious’ directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Cary Grant / Ingrid Bergman / Claude Rains / Louis Calhern. Very go...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Blow-Up" 1966 Italian Photobusta Film Poster
Located in Bath, Somerset
Striking original country-of-origin Italian Photobusta film poster for Antonioni's 1966s Classic “Blow-up”. In fabulous rolled, linen- backed near mint/mint condition. Will be sen...
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20th Century Italian Posters

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Paper

  • "Blow-Up" 1966 Italian Photobusta Film Poster
  • "Blow-Up" 1966 Italian Photobusta Film Poster
  • "Blow-Up" 1966 Italian Photobusta Film Poster
  • "Blow-Up" 1966 Italian Photobusta Film Poster
H 19.75 in. W 28.5 in. D 0.1 in.
Withnail & I 1987 Italian Due Fogli Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1987 Italian due fogli poster for the film Withnail & I directed by Bruce Robinson with Richard E. Grant / Paul McGann / Richard Griffiths / Ralph Brown. Very good condition...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Posters

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"My Fair Lady" Original Italian Movie Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian movie poster for Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison's Classic 1964 musical. The poster features a photo takes by the famous British photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

Point Blank Original Italian Film Poster, 1967
Located in Bath, Somerset
Vintage Italian 2-Foglio (two sheet). Sized at approx. 39 x 55 inches it is a film poster that will truly make an impact in any room that it hangs and is much rarer than its US count...
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20th Century Italian Posters

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Rare Vintage Travel Poster for Trento Italy
Located in Los Gatos, CA
Rare lithograph poster issued by ENIT, the Italian State Travel Agency. Printed by Off-Chapuis, Bologna, Italy, circa 1926. Fine condition very light folds, a few tears and stains in...
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Vintage 1920s Italian Posters

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Rare Vintage Travel Poster for Trento Italy
H 46.5 in. W 31.25 in. D 2 in.
Architectural Treasures of Italy Framed Poster
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A framed poster titled “Architectural Treasures of Italy” copyright 1995. Illustrations by Libero Patrignani and published by Nuova Arti Grafichi Ricordi S.r.l. of Italy. Depicts 24 ...
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1990s Posters

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Wood, Paper

Yellow Submarine Original Italian Film Movie Poster, 1968
Located in Bath, Somerset
The, suitably, psychedelic artwork on the Italian 2 Foglio film poster for the Beatles' classic Yellow Submarine is, well, groovy baby. Sure to brighten up any space in which it hang...
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20th Century Italian Posters

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Jaws R1970s Italian Due Fogli Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1970s re-release Italian due fogli poster for the film Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg with Roy Scheider / Robert Shaw / Richard Dreyfuss / Lorraine Gary. Fine condition, ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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City of Women Original Italian Film Poster, 1980
Located in Bath, Somerset
We simply adore the striking design that features on this country-of-origin, first-year-of-release poster for Fellini's City of Women (La Citta Delle Donne). By far the best artwork ...
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20th Century Italian Posters

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"Little Ceasar / Piccolo Cesare" Original Italian Movie Poster
By Mauro Colizzi
Located in London, GB
Original Italian movie poster. This poster was designed to be used in a display case outside the cinemas in Italy at the time of the films re-release first release in the 1950s. The ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

"The Gunfighter / Romantico Avventuriero" Original Italian Movie Poster
Located in London, GB
Original Italian movie poster for Henry King's 1950 Western starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott. The art work on this poster is unique to the films Italian release.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Posters

'Blow-Up' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Italian, 1970s
Located in Devon, GB
Issued for a 1970s Italian re-release of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 explicit English language crime thriller 'Blow-Up,' this stunning Italian Due Fogli poster features the same ph...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Posters

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Blow-Up 1967 Italian Quattro Fogli Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1967 Italian Quattro Fogli poster for. Fine condition, folded. Many original posters were issued folded or were subsequently folded. This poster was printed in multiple shee...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Posters

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Paper

"Blow-Up" 1970s Italian Due Fogli Film Poster
Located in New York, NY
Original 1970s re-release Italian due fogli poster for the 1966 film “Blow-Up” (Blow Up) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni with Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles. Fine condition, lin...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Posters

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Italy Poster For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Italy poster you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A Italy poster — often made from paper, wood and fabric — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a Italy poster, we have 518 options in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a Italy poster — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A Italy poster is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency. A well-made Italy poster has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Luigi Martinati, Leonetto Cappiello and Ercole Brini are consistently popular.

How Much is a Italy Poster?

A Italy poster can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,348, while the lowest priced sells for $128 and the highest can go for as much as $91,875.

Finding the Right Posters for You

Add a welcome personal touch to your space and tie your distinctive interior scheme together by introducing antique and vintage posters to any and every room of your home.

In the late 19th century, following the advent of text-heavy posters printed from woodblocks for use in taverns and shop windows, hand-drawn poster art had become commonplace in regions such as France, England and the United States. Well-known illustrators were commissioned to produce decorative posters to advertise political campaigns, theatrical events, books, household goods and other items. Early poster artists used a printmaking technique called lithography, which sees drawings or paintings created on a stone (or metal) surface with an oil-based substance, such as a greasy crayon or tusche (an oily wash). The image is eventually affixed to the surface by means of a chemical reaction, and ink adheres to certain sections of the surface while non–image areas are made to repel the ink.

If you wanted a color lithograph in the early days, the number of stones prepared had to match the number of colors you commissioned for the poster. French painter Jules Chéret, widely known as the father of the modern poster, designed some of history's most popular lithographic posters that featured color. Today, Chéret’s art is highly collectible, along with original works by Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha, whose posters advertising theatrical productions helped define Art Nouveau.

Over time, poster artists transitioned to more advanced techniques. Using silkscreens, woodblocks and photolithography, painters and illustrators printed larger quantities at a faster rate.

If you’ve finally tracked down that vintage movie poster, mid-century modern promotional travel poster or other work and you’re looking to find out if it is valuable, distinguishing between an original poster and a reproduction can be complicated. A professional appraiser can work with you on factors such as rarity, assessing the physical condition of your poster and authenticating your piece. For now, take care of your new acquisition because conserving posters is essential in helping them retain their value. A practical conservation method is to have the work mounted on archival, acid-free paper and thin artist’s canvas, then enclosing it in a sturdy frame. (And here is a primer on how to hang wall art, be it arranged gallery-style or otherwise.)

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