The famous white Hollywood sign in Los Angeles in the United States is due to get a makeover next week, as it gets its first paint job in a decade.

Close to 1,500 litres of paint and primer will be lavished on the 13.7m high sign, the Hollywood Sign Trust said.

Work begins on Monday, with a crew of ten prepping and pressure washing the enormous letters, which sit on hills above the movie capital.

The nine-letter landmark turns 100 years old in 2023.

The sign, which is a must-see attraction for any film buff or tourist visiting LA, initially read Hollywoodland, and was constructed as an advertisement for an upscale real estate development.

But in 1949, as the movie industry entered a golden age, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce lopped off the last four letters.

It has been repaired and refurbished over the decades, and was even rebuilt in 1978, but it has not been painted since 2012.

"The sign is the pride of Los Angeles and we are excited for fans all around the world to see this makeover for a very special 100th anniversary," said Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust.

The facelift will take around eight weeks to complete, and is scheduled to finish on 1 November.