Swann poster auction sees 50% increase in February sales



2015-06-26 10:51:01

Swann poster auction sees 50% increase in February sales

Swann Auction Galleries in New York have recorded their most successful February Poster Auction to date.

The auction, which took place on February 2, saw an increase in results of almost 50% more than the corresponding auction in 2011. Swann President Nicholas D. Lowry commented:

“The auction was brisk and successful, with a happy combination of blue-chip items selling at strong prices and robust prices for pieces outside the mainstream.”

As expected, the most sought-after items of the sale were the ‘blue chip’ Art Nouveau posters from celebrated artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha.

Topping the sale was Mucha’s 1896 set of four decorative panels depicting The Seasons, which achieved a price of $78,000. This was followed by Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Revue Blanche, Paris, 1895, which sold for $28,800 and a large 1896 Sutro Baths poster by an unknown San Francisco artist which brought $19,200.

Other notable sales within the Art Nouveau category included works by artists such as Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Ferdinand Louis Gottlob and Privat Livemont.

The auction also saw strong sales in popular categories including Israel and Skiing. Work by Emil Cardinaux, Augustus Moser and Dwight Clark Shepler for resorts including St. Moritz and Sun Valley Idaho brought record prices from collectors.

The auction also saw the sale of a highly rare 1905 Paris Buffalo Bill poster which sold for $15,600, along with one of only two known copies of the 1938 Olympia, Prague poster which brought $10,800.

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