Poster Auctions International Rare Poster Auction # 85 Raises Over $ 2.6 Million; many…


Alphonse Mucha, Salon des Cent / XXme Exposition, 1896. ($ 43,200).
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New York, NY – November 24, 2021 – Poster Auctions International (PAI) ‘s third sale of the year, on November 14, ended at $ 2,638,320. Rare Posters Auction LXXXV was a world record auction with many lots exceeding their previously realized prices.

Jack Rennert, President of PAI, said: “If there was any doubt about the vitality of the poster, this auction has surely proven its enduring and growing cultural and artistic value. Despite the economic impacts of the past two years, our sales continue to grow at an incredible rate. Collectors bid with passion, which allows us to break several world records for important artists including Alphonse Mucha, Leonetto Cappiello and Walter Schnackenberg. Of course, much of the success of this sale can be attributed to the strength and rarity of the shipments we received.

As with previous auctions this year, Alphonse Mucha continued to star in the show. The works of the Belle Époque master of beauty reached new heights in this auction, and his record sales include: the 1911 Choir of Moravian teachers (Pevecké Sdruzení Ucitelu Moravskych), which was won for $ 43,200 against an estimate of $ 7,000 to $ 9,000; the 1898 Reverie, printed on silk, sold for $ 48,000 (est. $ 20,000 to $ 25,000); its decorative panels from 1901, Ivy & Laurel, won a winning bid of $ 43,200 (estimated between $ 17,000 and $ 20,000); the 1897 Nestlé infant food sold for $ 43,200 (estimated between $ 10,000 and $ 12,000); the 1895 Lovers was claimed for $ 48,000 (est. $ 20,000 to $ 25,000); sound 1896 The Lady of the Camellias won a prize of $ 50,400 (estimated between $ 17,000 and $ 20,000); the rare hand-signed proof of his 1896 Salon des Cent / XXth Exhibition raised $ 43,200 (estimated between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000).

All prices shown include the buyer’s premium.

The great mythologist of Montmartre, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, saw continued interest in his work. The best seller of this auction was its 1899 Jane Avril, which was won for $ 108,000. The 1899 Confetti sold for $ 43,200; sound 1893 Aristide Bruant In His Cabaret went for $ 50,400; the 1894 The Lodge at the Golden Mascaron sold for $ 45,600.

Walter Schnackenberg, Casino Odéon, 1912. ($ 50,400).
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Other Art Nouveau works have also aroused considerable interest. A new design by Pal, The Lions / New Circus, from approx. 1894, inspired a sale of $ 7,800 (est. $ 2,500 to $ 3,000). 1894 model by F. Hugo d’Alesi for Centenary of Lithography / Galerie Rapp was won for $ 43,200 (estimated between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000). The exquisite 1898 of Adolfo Hohenstein A. Calderoni was obtained for an offer of $ 7,800 (estimated between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000). The iconic 1896 of Privat Livemont Absinthe Robette continues to reach new sales heights; this time it was won for $ 22,800 (est. $ 10,000 – $ 12,000). Louis J. Rhead’s ca. 1896 Bechstein was highly coveted, leading to a winning bid of $ 12,000 (est. $ 4,000 to $ 5,000). The elegant of Manuel Orazi Modern House, from 1900, sold for $ 72,000. Two emblematic works by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen aroused passionate auctions: his 1905 Chéron clinic was won for $ 31,200 (estimated between $ 17,000 and $ 20,000), and his 1894 Pure Sterilized Milk sold for $ 22,800 (estimated $ 14,000 to $ 17,000). And the catalog cover of this auction, Walter Schnackenberg’s 1912 Odeon Casino—The best impression ever — sold for the highest amount ever: $ 50,400 (est. 25,000 – $ 30,000).

Celestial bicycle posters captivated auction collectors. The anonymous ca. 1895 Gladiator on bicycle flew into the cosmos for $ 45,600 (est. $ 30,000 to $ 40,000). H. Gray 1899 Sirius cycles was claimed for $ 9,600 (est. $ 4,000 to $ 5,000), and Pal’s 1895 Fernand Clément & Cie. touched the stars with a winning bid of $ 12,000 (est. $ 5,000 to $ 6,000), two record sales.

Other designs for mass transit got exceptionally high bids. 1933 by Roger Perot Nice Grand Prix sold for $ 8,400 (estimated between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000); The Mighty 1923 by Plinio Codognato European Grand Prix / Fiat won a winning bid of $ 90,000 (estimated between $ 70,000 and $ 90,000). Collectors also quarreled over Leslie Ragan’s 1941 New York Central / Empire State Express, which exceeded his estimate of $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 for a final sale of $ 11,400.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899. ($ 108,000).
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For Leonetto Cappiello, known as the father of modern advertising, sales were also successful. A model from 1911, Carnival / Vinho do Porto, sold for $ 33,600. His 1926 Automoto / Byrrh debuted at auction and collectors have claimed the rare design; it was won for $ 10,200 (estimated between $ 7,000 and $ 9,000). Striking sound 1931 Kub sold for $ 60,000, and the 1933 Le Petit Dauphinois inspired a winning bid of $ 38,400.

As for the Art Deco works, several notable creations were auctioned. Burkhard Mangold 1914 Winter in Davos– which has not been auctioned for 14 years – exceeded its estimate by $ 12,000 to $ 15,000 for a gain of $ 20,400. 1936 by Gert Sellheim Australia / Surf Club sold for $ 9,600 (est. $ 7,000 to $ 9,000). Martin Peikert’s ski poster in 1945, Wengen-Männlichen, quickly exceeded his estimate of $ 1,400 to $ 1,700 for a gain of $ 7,200. The beautiful 1923 of Otto Baumberger PKZ sold for $ 5,280 (estimated between $ 2,500 and $ 3,000). AM Cassandra 1928 London was won for $ 15,600 (est. $ 8,000 to $ 10,000), and his 1931 Atlantic went for $ 24,000. A 1932 model by Paul Colin, These Ladies and Gentlemen, got a winning bid of $ 14,400 (estimated between $ 10,000 and $ 12,000). Luciano Achille Mauzan’s works also worked well: his 1930 Bertozzi sold for $ 6,000 (est. $ 3,000 to $ 4,000); his 1921 Gallia / Dried Eggs went for $ 3,360; his 1929 Crosley was won for $ 7,800.

Poster Auctions International’s next rare poster auction will be held in New York on Sunday March 6, 2022. Shipments are accepted until December 10. Post Auctions International is located at 26 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. PAI can be contacted by phone at 212-787-4000, or by email at [email protected] To learn more about PAI, visit www.posterauctions.com.

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