Heritage Auction Galleries is pretty sweet. I registered myself on their site last year so I could cross reference auction prices (as opposed to eBay bidder wars) for serious buyers. They deal in many types of collectibles, so you’re getting a good Antiques Road Show experience. And I love me some Antiques Road Show. Heritage offers a wonderful newsletter of upcoming auctions, and they also have great videos for some of the auctions as a little info session.
If you’re a movie fan, check out the posters for auction. While many of these are out of my own price range, it’s cool to see some of the original materials, and then I go to Movie Poster Shop or Retro Planet to seek out cheaper decorations.
(My own personal prize in movie posters is a Spider-Man poster with the Twin Towers, double-sided light box cel like you see in the lobby of AMC. Here’s a good page for some information on this recalled poster, variants, and reproductions.)
If you’re feeling really hands-on, check out a comic con for movie posters next time one is in town or in a nearby metro city. Some of the guys are a little shady and sell unauthorized repros on the cheap, but it’s a great way to get some nice items on a budget. Case in point, I saw a guy at the Philly Wizard World selling some awesome approximately 18 x 11 prints of classic comic covers, suitable for framing, and got them on a 5 for $20 deal. Bootlegged? Probably. Cheap? Yup. Decorative? Exceptionally.
I should really get some of these posters scanned and sling ’em up here…