Droolworthy rare vintage posters for sale

Mele by Gian Emilio MalerbaPoster Auctions International is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a huge auction of 500 rare and important posters, with a particular focus on Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces. If you’re a sucker for beautiful vintage advertising posters like I am, these 500 will put stars in your eyes.

Bugatti by Rene VincentBeginning this auction is a stellar gathering of over 40 rare automobile posters, from the classic car ads for Chrysler and Bugatti to the exhilaration announcements for the early races at Monaco and Le Mans. Immediately following this section are three specialty categories, featuring some of the finest examples of historic aviation posters, posters on silk, and exceptionally rare Buffalo Bill posters. [...]

Additional highlights include impressive offerings from some of the most renowned Art Nouveau masters. Over 30 works by the Father of the Poster, Jules Cheret, 15 works by Cappiello, 18 posters by Mucha, and a dozen Italian fashion classics for the Mele store in Naples.

WPA National and State Parks poster by Dorothy WaughOther highlights include a contemporary work by William Kentridge, the original one-of-a-kind bas relief sculpture for the film Metropolis, the rare Sutro Baths, Mistinguett, propaganda (from Rockwell to Obama to the famous recent Swiss anti-minaret poster), WPA, the 1923 Lawn Tennis Championship, a very early Houdini, and Soviet posters from Lenin through Stalin.

Reverie by Alphonse MuchaIn other words, every vintage poster you’ve ever seen replicated.

If you’re going to be in New York anytime between April 9th and May 1st, hightail it down to the Poster Auctions International showroom at 601 W. 26th Street where all the posters will be on display. Admission is free, so you can drool to your heart’s content even if you can’t afford to bid the thousands of dollars each piece is likely to garner at the May 2nd auction.

For those of us who can’t be there in person, we can browse the gorgeousness on the PAI website.

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Comment by Hels
2010-03-31 23:49:08

I LOVE posters. It was a way for ordinary citizens, who could never afford original works of art, to pinch the advertising from city walls and to frame it up for home. I can give the rare automobiles a miss, but I really want Jules Cheret and Alfons Mucha *moan* *sigh*

What would be a total delight would be posters advertising Olympic Games, World Fairs and Art Gallery Blockbusters. Thanks for the web page!

Comment by livius drusus
2010-03-31 23:55:36

Some of those automobile posters are just extraordinary pieces of art. Look at the color and movement of this one. I’ve never heard of the car it advertises, but who cares with a poster like that?

I would LOVE a World Fair poster, oh man. Or an Olympic one from the 20s and 30s. :yes:

 
 
Comment by Anonymous
2010-04-01 10:43:17

That is like Design Heaven!

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-01 11:00:41

For real.

 
 
Comment by TomJoe
2010-04-01 13:40:36

I want a Bugatti.

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-01 14:51:33

Me too, specifically a Bugatti Royale.

Comment by TomJoe
2010-04-12 14:11:33

When you get yours, can I drive it?

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-12 14:51:51

HELL NO. I might let you look at it as long as you promise not to get too close.

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Comment by LadyShea
2010-04-01 15:43:03

Oh man, want all!

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-01 16:05:54

Not if I get all first!

 
 
Comment by Qingdai
2010-04-09 02:11:54

I went to a flea market and they had one guy who had about 150-500 rare posters from the 1970s and older. Even those were fine.
Also in the $800 to $3,000 range.

Comment by livius drusus
2010-04-09 02:16:12

Wow, even from the 1970s it’s big bucks. Some of the big name ones in the sale have estimates in the $30,000 range.

 
 
Comment by Hondo69
2011-04-11 09:54:33

I’ve noticed how poster have become highly collectible over the past few years. What were once mere giveaways now have real value. Says something about the value placed on historical “documents” these days.

 
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