Bloomsbury First Vintage Posters Sale Well Received

Bloomsbury’s first Posters sale was well received by both collectors and dealers who were pleased to have a new player in the market place. The sale had been deftly put together by the renowned expert Richard Barclay. It is both interesting and encouraging that there were at least 5 or 6 private individuals who had never been to an auction house before and who not only carefully viewed the sale, but also turned up on the day to buy.

It seems to be common to many fields, that high value items fare particularly well in today’s economic climate, while middle of the road and the lower end of the spectrum is more lethargic. All the boldly coloured Roger Broders of the 1920s and early 1930s were snapped up; for example lot 26 a lithograph in colours of the Simplon-Orient-Express, made £5040 double the lower estimate and the famous Monte Carlo, PLM image of a tennis match (lot 28) fetched £13200 well over the lower estimate. Alphonse Mucha’s Four Seasons of 1896 (lot 117) was bought by a private collector for £38400 comfortably over the estimate of £32000-34000. Film posters such as the iconic James Bond Goldfinger poster by Robert Brownjohn (lot 139) sold for £4320 (estimate £3000-5000). Local London travel posters such as lot 163 a lithograph of Putney circa 1930 which had appeared in a local newspaper prior to the sale, made a very healthy £1680 double the higher estimate.

Bloomsbury’s next Posters sale will be in New York on 22nd October 2008.