Vintage posters smash records at Swann

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Vintage posters smash records at Swann

9 Aug 2012, 11:20 GMT+01

Swann Auction Galleries have announced results from their best ever August Vintage Posters sale, held on the 1st. A fine selection of World War propaganda posters, literary titles, Olympics advertisements and other genres were offered, to bring in a total of just under half a million dollars.

The top selling lot was Fred Spear’s poignant Enlist poster of a drowning mother and baby, a response to the sinking of the Lusitania. It is one of the rarest war posters produced in the United States, and at Swann set a record for a Spear work at auction, selling for $22,800.

James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic ‘I Want You for U.S. Army’ poster of Uncle Sam also set a record, achieving $13,200.

British World War II examples saw Let Us Go Forward Together, an optimistic Winston Churchill framed by fighter planes, sell for $4,320, and Comrades in Arms, picturing the unexpected alliance of Britain and the Soviet Union against the Nazis, sell for $4,560.

An anti-Bolshevik Russian poster achieved more than ten times its estimate, selling for $13,200. It depicts Trotsky as a devil atop a pile of skulls, and was made in Poland during the Polish-Soviet war.

Two unusual Chinese propaganda posters also did very well. A collage of ‘The Great Men of the World’ picturing highly ranked military officials of the Kuo Min Tang Nationalist Party fetched $9,600.

Rounding off the diverse selection, Roger Broders’ 1928 travel poster Antibes, Paris fetched $12,000, and the distinctive Art Nouveau imagery of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Revue Blanche sold for $10,200.

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