NEW YORK – A record number of buyers showed up at Poster Auctions International Nov. 8, pushing the total auction result to more than $1.6 million – a figure 50 percent higher than that posted at this time last year.
Art Deco dominated the sale, with works by A.M. Cassandre and Paul Colin leading the way. Cassandre’s famous poster for Dubonet as well as his United States Lines, each saw $20,700, with his stately La Route Bleue close behind at $18,400. Even more impressive was Colin’s Leroy Opticien, far exceeding its estimate to reach $41,400. His portfolio Le Tumulte Noir, a visual homage to the excitement of the Jazz Age, also saw an impressive $23,000.
Art Nouveau masterworks continued to show their enduring popularity, with posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha receiving the most attention. For Lautrec it was his Troupe de Mlle Eglantine ($46,000), May Belfort ($34,500), and Babylone d’Allemagne ($39,100) that captivated the crowded room. Mucha enthusiasts, meanwhile, mostly bid by phone. His Moet & Chandon duo, Monaco Monte-Carlo, and Bieres de la Meuse were each driven up to $25,300. Further interest in Mucha also showed in the $46,000 fetched for an original painting, The Girl from Montenegro.
One of the most unexpected moments in the auction came when two never-before-seen posters by Grun went up for sale. With a bidding war that ended in fierce applause, both nearly doubled their estimates: his Paris-Medoc reaching $13,800 and his Societe Parisienne achieving an unprecedented $12,650.
Other highlights include Ludwig Hohlwein’s PKZ ($19,550) and Audi ($21,850), Leonetto Cappiello’s Bitter Campari ($17,250), Matania’s Southport ($9,200), Steinlen’s Chocolats/Thes ($16,100), and Rosa Bonheur’s Buffalo Bill ($14,950). Strong prices were also realized in the large selection of over 40 aviation posters, with Charles Brosse’s Meeting d’Aviation/Nice seeing $13,800, and M. Dessoure’s Semaine d’Aviation/Caen reaching $10,350.
Poster Auctions International will be presenting its 50th auction on May 2, 2010, featuring only the world’s top posters of the last 130 years.
For more information visit www.posterauctions.com or contact Angelina Lippert at 212-787-4000.
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