Bloomsbury Vintage & Modern Posters Sale

Bloomsbury Auctions New York announces a Vintage & Modern Posters sale with an emphasis on rare and exotic travel posters. The 150 lots not only offer decorative beauty, but a solid financial asset. As the vintage poster market has well maintained its value, even in a time of volatile markets both in the worlds of finance and fine arts, the posters in this November 12, 2009 sale are prime representatives of a viable alternative investment.
As posters became a less popular form of advertising after the advent of film and radio in the 1920s, posters post-dating this have become rare. The Fall Bloomsbury sale features a plethora of posters from the 1930s onward.

A unique highlight in the sale is a collection of 8 posters promoting travel to Bermuda. Grace Line, a Furness Cruises division and the Island of Bermuda brought on artists to create these spectacular, and now, nostalgic images from the 1930s through the 1960s. Vintage posters promoting Bermuda are a rare collector’s item in the poster market, and this group of eight features multiple exceptionally rare posters from the 1930s.

T.A. Mitchell
Royal, 1930
Other notable collectors’ items for sale are a poster depicting a stylised airplane emerging through French-shaped clouds-an advertisement by Air France by Francois Charles Cachoud “Le Mont Blanc” 1900, a lithograph in color $600-1,000. Travel posters by KLM, Pan American, and several other airlines are also included in the sale. Alongside these items will be posters by Cunard and Pacific Lines, which represent a bygone form of travel, trans-oceanic cruising.

The vintage automobile posters section will illustrate the evolution of the car over the last 100 years with posters depicting early examples of Peugeot, Clement, de Dion-Bouton, and Michelin Tires amongst other brands. A highlight in the travel by locomotive section is a lithograph in color showing the New York Central System1946, ($1,000-1,500.)

Toulousse L’Autre
D’Affiches Artistiques,1896
Among the sale’s highlights are: The top lot (144) by Toulousse L’Autrec, a lithograph in colors, 1896, “D’Affiches Artistiques”-10 x 15 inches- estimate $30,000-35,000 and lot 131 also a lithograph in color, 1894, Jules Cheret “Palais de Glace” Champs-Elysee- 93 x 35 inches- $8,000-12,000.

Saturday, 7 November, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, 9 November, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, 10 November, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, 11 November, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, 12 November, 10:00am to 12:00pm
And by private appointment

Bloomsbury Auctions 6 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036 Tel: +1 (212) 719-1000 Fax: + (212) 719-1400