NEW YORK, NY –– Poster Auctions International’s 87th Rare Poster Auction on Tuesday, July 12 features rare and iconic images from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary lithographs, decorative panels and models.
The 520 lots will be exhibited to the public from June 21 to July 11. The auction will take place live at PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City, as well as online at posterauctions.com, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.
Jack Rennert, President of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said, “What makes this auction special is the high quality and rarity of this collectible. Collectors have the opportunity to bid on landmark works that have not been available at our auctions for many years.
The auction will start with 50 historic automobile models, starting with O’Galop’s 1898 The Michelin / Nunc Tire is bibendum, which introduced the beloved Michelin man to the world (est. $6,000-8,000). Other notable images include the mighty 1907 by Leopoldo Metlicovitz Mostra dei Ciclo e dell’Automobile / Milan (est. $25,000 to $30,000), Burkhard Mangold’s 1907 mint safir (est. $14,000-$17,000), mighty ca by Ludwig Hohlwein. 1914 mercedes (estimated between $30,000 and $40,000), Marcello Dudovich’s extremely rare ca. 1925 michelin (est. $17,000-$20,000) and Geo Ham Sun 1934 Monaco Grand Prix (est. $17,000 to $20,000).
Then 20 bike posters will be auctioned off. Important works include ca by Edward Penfield. 1896 Ride a stern and be content (est. $10,000 to $12,000), the ca created anonymously. 1895 Gladiator of Cycles (estimated between $30,000 and $40,000) and Henri Thiriet from 1897 Omega (est. $4,000 to $5,000).
Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the collection of 35 flight images, including one of the first “flying machine” kites, as seen in Charles Hubbard Wright’s 1897 The Century of May (estimated between $1,200 and $1,500). Other important images include 1909 by Ernest Montaut First Aerial Locomotion Exhibition / Grand Palais (est. $5,000 to $6,000), Heinrich H. Schütz’s 1913 Konstanz / Bondensee-Wasserflug (est. $3,000-$4,000), and the anonymous ca. 1913 Aero Exhibition / Olympia (est. $4,000 to $5,000); Modern designs for Air France, TWA and Pan Am will also be offered.
22 provocative designs for War & Propaganda will also be auctioned. Highlights include 1918 by Howard Chandler Christy Gee!! i wish i was a man (est. $2,000 to $2,500), 1915 sound If you want to fight! / Join the Marines (est. $1,700-$2,000), and its 1917 I want you for the navy (estimated between $1,200 and $1,500). Also on offer are 1918 by James Montgomery Flagg Our regular divisions (est. $1,400-$1,700) and his rare 1945 Coming ! (est. $1,700-$2,000), as well as Frederick Henri Kay Henrion’s 1944 United (est. $2,000 to $2,500).
Collectors of works from the Art Nouveau era will have hundreds of exquisite designs to choose from. These include the anonymous 1906 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West / I’m Coming (estimate $8,000 to $10,000); 1891 by Pierre Bonnard France-Champagne (est. $25,000 to $30,000); 1910 by Marcello Dudovitch Esposizione Universale of Brussels (est. $5,000 to $6,000); 1897 by Georges de Feure The Sales Journal, signed by hand and before the letters (est. $8,000 to $10,000); This by Adolfo Hohenstein. 1905 Fiammiferi Senza Fosforo, in the smallest format (est. $2,500 to $3,000); 1908 by Ludwig Hohlwein Kehl / PKZ confection (est. $20,000 to $25,000); 1912 by Julius Klinger Karikaturisten-Ball (estimated between $6,000 and $8,000); Private Livemont’s 1896 Absinthe Robette (est. $20,000 to $25,000); and Jean M. Peské from 1898 The Print and the Poster (estimate $8,000 to $10,000).
Of course, no Art Nouveau collection is complete without these iconic artists: Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec. Some of Chéret’s oldest and rarest works will be auctioned, including one from 1880 Folies-Bergère / Miss Lala (est. $1,200-$1,500) and its 1881 Lacteolin (estimated between $1,700 and $2,000). Two versions of his 1891 Bookstore Ed. Sagot / Posters-Prints will be offered: the two-sheet poster with the complete text (est. $5,000 to $6,000) and the rare version before letters (est. $4,000 to $5,000). Three original paintings will also be offered (estimate ranging from $14,000 to $20,000).
De Mucha, the grand master of the Belle Époque, 29 of his greatest triumphs will be auctioned, including the incredibly rare 1897 Fox-Land Jamaica Rum—one of only two known copies (estimated between $80,000 and $100,000). Several of his most delightful decorative panel sets will be available: the 1902 Precious stones (estimated between $170,000 and $200,000), Arts from 1898 (estimated between $45,000 and $55,000), and The stars from 1902 (est. $100,000 to $120,000). His most emblematic posters are also included: that of 1896 The Lady of the Camellias (est. $30,000 to $35,000), the 1896 Salon des Cent / XXth Exhibition (est. $17,000-$20,000), 1896 Use (est. $20,000-$25,000), and its 1898 Waverley Cycles (est. $17,000 to $20,000).
Toulouse-Lautrec will be auctioning an impressive selection of posters and prints. These include the 1896 Hall of the Hundred in its rarest condition: before the letters, hand-signed and with the red monogram stamp (estimated between $60,000 and $70,000); the only known copy of a trial proof of his 1895 May Belfort (estimated between $40,000 and $50,000); the 1896 The Modern Craftsman (est. $30,000 to $35,000); the 1892 Ambassadors / Aristide Bruant (est. $70,000 to $90,000); the 1894 Eldorado / Aristide Bruant (est. $80,000 to $100,000); and the 1899 Jane April in its rarest condition: from an edition of 25, hand-signed, and including the snake remark (est. $100,000-$120,000). Original works will also be on offer, including the 1892 oil painting portrait of a woman, created for a Louis XV-style brothel parlor (est. $120,000-$150,000); a pencil study for his suite “Elles”, Woman in Bed / At the Small Lever, from 1896 (estimated between $50,000 and $60,000); and an approx. Self-portrait in pencil from 1895 (estimated between $20,000 and $25,000). Two prints from the “Elles” suite are also included: the 1896 Woman on the Back / Weariness (est. $14,000-$17,000) and the 1896 Ice Cream Woman (est. $12,000 to $15,000).
For lovers of the Art Deco period, there is no shortage of delightful works. Jean A. Mercier’s 1927 design for the film 6 ½ x 11 is a tour de force (estimated between $20,000 and $25,000); 1920 by Emile Cardinals Palace Hotel / St. Moritz is always a delight (est. $10,000 to $12,000). AM Cassandre’s exceptionally rare 1931 Thomson will also be up for grabs (est. $20,000 to $25,000). By Paul Colin, his original oil painting from 1926, blackbirds, will be auctioned (est. $60,000 to $80,000). Other highlights include the cover image of this auction catalog, the work of Jean Droit An east coast tonic (est. $5,000 to $6,000); Guillermo Laborde’s 1930 design for the first FIFA World Cup, 1st Campeonato Mundial Football / Uruguay (est. $5,000 to $6,000); 1927 by Maurice Lauro Trouville (est. $10,000 to $12,000); 1925 by Charles Loupot Stop-Fire (est. $7,000 to $8,000); Fortunio Matania Southport (est. $12,000 to $15,000); 1911 by Walter Schnackenberg Casino Odeon (est. $12,000 to $15,000); J. Spring’s 1919 Anise del Oso (est. $4,000 to $5,000); 1925 by the Stenberg brothers Kamerny / Kukerol Theater (estimated between $6,000 and $8,000); and that of René Vincent. 1925 billboard, At the Bon Marché / Bains de Mer (est. $4,000 to $5,000).
As always, works by Cappiello will be in the spotlight. Some of his rarest and best works will be sold: the 1901 La Caisse Simon / Exquisite Oysters (est. $7,000 to $9,000), the rare 1904 Me Gramophone (est. $7,000 to $9,000), the four-leaf version of his popular 1907 The Thermogene (est. $7,000 to $9,000), the ca. 1911 Pero / Cigarette Paper on silk (est. $6,000-$8,000), the rare 1924 Eno’s “Fruit Salt” (est. $12,000-$15,000), and his 1927 Pleasant (est. $6,000 to $7,000). An original model in gouache, wine, will also be available for auction (est. $30,000 to $40,000).