Poster Auction #79 Presents A Premier Collection Of Rare And Celebrated Lithographs

530 Lots Of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, And Contemporary Designs Will Be Sold

October 18, 2019

Poster Auctions International’s Auction #79 is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 27, and will feature robust collections of bicycle posters, designs from Cuba’s first revolutionary posterist, hundreds of travel images, and seminal works from the legends of lithography such as Alphonse Mucha, Leonetto Cappiello, Jules Chéret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and more.
The Rare Posters Auction will be held live in PAI’s gallery at 26 W. 17th St. in New York City and online at The auction will begin promptly at 11 a.m.
“We’re very pleased to present this capsule of historically significant lithographs from a wide range of eras and artists. The 530 lots span from 1883 to 2007, with estimates ranging from $700 to $120,000. This breadth of designs is well suited for both new poster lovers and seasoned collectors,” stated Jack Rennert, president of Poster Auctions International Inc.
The sale will begin with PAI’s largest and best bicycle collection to date, which comprises 89 heralded lithographs from 1891 to 1940. Notable works include Bradley’s “Victor Bicycles” (est. $20,000-$25,0000), Mucha’s “Cycles Perfecta” (est. $17,000-$20,000), Penfield’s “Orient Cycles” (est. $14,000-$17,000), and Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Cycle Michael” (est. $8,000-$10,000).
Twenty-three designs for automobiles will follow, including Dupont’s incredibly rare “Circuit de l'Anjou” (est. $17,000-$20,000), Tranchant’s rare and revered “3me Grand Prix d'Endurance” (est. $17,000-$20,000), and Witzel’s “Audi” (est. $7,000-$9,000). For fans of air travel, 22 soaring aviation designs will be on offer, including Brossé’s “Meeting d’Aviation / Nice” (est. $12,000-$15,000). Rounding out transportation posters, 21 designs for ships will be presented. Highlights include Schindeler’s “Voyage Autour du Monde / Round the World” (est. $20,000-$25,000), Cassandre’s “Normandie / Service Régulier” (est. $6,000-$8,000), and Auvigne’s “Normandie / Voyage Inaugural” (est. $5,000-$6,000).
For fans of magic and myths, the Circus and Wild West section is sure to delight. Revel in animal ferocity with “Bidel” (est. $2,000-$2,500), “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey / Pawah / The White Elephant” (est. $2,500-$3,000), and Buffalo Bill's “Wild West” (est. $3,000-$4,000). Buffalo Bill shines as a beacon of the rough riders in three different promotions for “The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels” (est. ranging $4,000-$10,000) and in “The Life and Adventures of Buffalo Bill” (est. $4,000-$5,000). All of these designs were created anonymously.
This auction features a rare collection of 22 designs by Eladio Rivadulla, who captured the development and spirit of the Cuban Revolution from the first day of Castro’s reign. Highlights of his work include the newly discovered “26 de Julio / Fidel Castro: Maquette” (est. $20,000-$30,000) and two early film posters featuring Castro, “De la Tiranía a la Libertad” (est. $10,000-$12,000) and “De la Sierra Hasta Hoy” (est. $4,500-$5,500).
For the more traditional poster collector, Art Nouveau options abound. Chéret’s lithographs are ever charming, as in “Librairie Ed. Sagot / Affiches-Estampes” (est. $6,000-$7,000) and his dreamy quartet, “The Arts” (est. $14,000-$17,000). Several delightful decorative works by Livemont will also be available, including his most iconic design, “Absinthe Robette” (est. $7,000-$9,000). And “Orazi’s La Maison Moderne” (est. $50,000-$60,000) exudes the decorative luster of the era.
Of course, Alphonse Mucha continues to reign supreme with his lush Art Nouveau designs. Notable quartets include “Times of Day” (est. $30,000-$40,000), “The Seasons” (est. $45,000-$55,000), and “The Arts” (est. $40,000-$50,000). Also to be sold will be a rare Chinese promotion for “Bisquit's Brandy” (est. $12,000-$15,000) and “Princezna Hyacinta” (est. $25,000-$30,000).
Similarly, the Belle Epoque works of Toulouse-Lautrec are guaranteed to inspire awe. Some of his particularly outstanding lithographs include “Divan Japonais” (est. $15,000-$18,000), “The Ault & Wiborg Co. / Au Concert” (est. $60,000-$70,000), “Partie de Campagne” from an edition of 100 (est. $100,000-$120,000), and “Le Jockey” (est. $60,000-$70,000).
For collectors of Art Deco, this 79th auction presents many stunning designs from the 1920s to 1930s. Cappiello delights with his unforgettable innovation in such works as “Contratto,” the smaller format of Bitter Campari, and the rare “Xérez-Quina-Ruiz” (all est. $4,000-$5,000).
Modern and contemporary works will also be on offer, most notably by Saul Bass, David Byrd, Keith Haring, Erik Nitsche, Bernard Villemot, and Andy Warhol. Further enticing designs will also be available for bidding: over 100 travel posters, including Alpine winter sports, a collection of Josephine Baker posters, international designs for film, and 37 delightful and audacious posters by Pal.
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