Gail Chisolm poster collection earns funds for non-profit

Seldom-seen vintage posters command attention, drove bidding battles, and benefitted a New York charity. Swann Auction Galleries presented the posters during its March 1 auction.

NEW YORK – On March 1, Swann Galleries offered premier poster examples of advertising and propaganda. The global representatio broke several auction records.

Georges Dorival poster

Georges Dorival, Vers le Mont - Blanc, set of three posters, 1928, each 41” x 29”, condition A, $11,000.

Private Collection of Posters Impresses

A quarter of the auction was devoted to highlights from the collection of Gail Chisholm, renowned dealer and lifelong poster aficionado. Included in the collection was the largest selection of Erik Nitsche’s designers for General Dynamics ever to come to auction. All of the 19 works found buyers, with two achieving new auction records: the French version of Hydrodynamics from the influential Atoms for Peace series 1955, sold for a record $5,500, while General Dynamics / Atoms for Peace, from the same series, was purchased by an institution for $5,250.

The Gail Chisholm Collection thus far has earned a total of $161,255; proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit a New York City non-profit, in accordance with Chisolm’s wishes. 

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