Man utilizes collection as economic ‘hedge fund’

Times Online – While many lose sleep over each twist and turn of today’s economy, New Jersey collector Ralph DeLuca has found a hedge against the recession in the musty memorabilia of Hollywood’s past.

A former private investment consultant, DeLuca hardly batted an eye when he bought a vintage poster from the 1932 cult movie "Freaks" at auction in March for more than $100,000. The poster had cost $10 in the early 1970s.A few minutes later he outbid competitors for a rare poster of the original "Dracula" from 1931, owned by actor Nicolas Cage, snapping it up for more than $300,000.

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