Liberator among rare vintage bicycle posters up for auction May 6

NEW YORK – On Sunday, May 6, Poster Auctions International will offer more than 575 lots of vintage posters in its 57th quarterly auction of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern masterpieces. Sourced from collections around the world, this auction is a gathering of some of the best  examples of high quality vintage posters. This museum-worthy show is on view, free and open to the public, from Friday, April 20, through Saturday, May 5. will provide Internet live bidding.

vintage bicycle poster from Liberator bicycles  This vintage poster for Liberator Cycles & Automobiles, 39 1/4 inches by 54 1/2 inches, shows a Valkyrie ready to ride out in battle on her newly acquired bicycle. The poster, dating to 1899 and designed by by PAL (Jean de Paleologue, 1860-1942), is estimated to earn $1,400 to $1,700 in the May 6 International Poster Auction. Photo courtesy International Poster Auction

The auction will begin with 59 examples of the best automobile advertisements of the past 100 years. This includes seven of the most important and hard to find Monaco Grand Prix posters by Falcucci and Geo Ham, mid-century Israeli traffic signs, and a one-of-a-kind painting by Cappiello made in preparation for his Bellanger poster. Early Art Deco images for Chrysler, Peugeot, Clement, and Hurtu are also plentiful, as well as the seldom-seen 1919 inaugural Barcelona Automobile Show poster by Montanya.

There is also a special section of early aviation posters, international air travel, and the complete collection of tennis posters from the Hanbury Tennis Club in Italy.

Art Nouveau is represented by Chéret and Mucha, and each has more than a dozen pieces in the auction. Of particular beauty are the two images for Cigarrillos Paris, an Argentinean cigarette company that produced some of the most stunning Art Nouveau creations from Latin America. Also of note are nine works by Steinlen and 17 designs by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Art Deco and Modern design is always favored in the sale. Cappiello is represented by 38 of his most vibrant designs, including nine original paintings. Ten works by Cassandre and five by Paul Colin are also on display, including the latter’s most famous and rare Bal Negre. Among a host of exceptional Swiss designs stand Loupot’s gripping work for St. Raphael as well as his unique poster Puppen.

Additional highlights include several Soviet-era film posters, the rare and impressive Montauk Beach poster, several early Israeli designs, a host of important Swiss graphics, 11 works by Art Nouveau master Berthon, Bonnard’s four most famous designs, Carlu’s moving plea for European disarmament, Gustav Klimt’s rare design for the first Secessionist exhibition, Mataloni’s image for the first electric light, an array of early Italian silent film posters, and four original photographs of Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca.

This once-in-a-lifetime show will be on view, free to the public beginning Friday, April 20 through Saturday, May 5. The Poster Auctions International catalog is online and at

Poster Auctions International’s offices and showroom are located at 601 W. 26th St. For details, visit the website or contact Angelina Lippert at 212-787-4000.

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