Potter and Potter's Vintage Travel Poster Sale held Dec. 1 was first class all the way, attracting eyeballs and bids from around the globe. After the hammer fell for the last time, 94 lots realized between $500 to $999, and 39 lots made between $1,000 and 2,999. Prices reported include the company's 20 percent buyer's premium.
Potter & Potter Auctions' Vintage Travel Poster Sale Takes Flight
United Air Lines Disneyland Poster Sells For $6,000
Travel posters for Disney destinations held the keys to the kingdom at this sale. Lot #634, a Stanley Walter Galli United Air Lines Disneyland example, was the top lot in the sale, selling for $6,000 (est. $500-$700). This 1950s-era piece, which generated 31 bids, was charmingly illustrated with a ferry full of families riding through a swamp safari. Lot #640, a 1983 Fly Eastern Walt Disney World poster, soared to $1,320. It featured a welcoming Mickey Mouse pointing out all the resort highlights at Walt Disney World. A lucky bidder will soon feather their nest with lot #638, a United Air Lines Presents Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room poster from 1968. This color offset litho depicted Jose the Macaw, one of the four masters of ceremonies and the main Tiki Bird at the attraction, and made $4,320. And lot #636, a 1960s-era Los Angeles Disneyland Go Greyhound poster, took the wheel at $2,880.
Posters representing India as a destination were also hot ticket items in this sale. Lot #391, a 1950s-era See India Mysore Madras example produced by Associated Printers, made $3,120 on its $400-$600 estimate. It featured the Nandi Statue, which is situated outside Mysore in the Chamundi Hills, and the devotees that travel to make offerings and pray. Lot #388, an India Car Festival At Puri poster produced by the M/S Bombay Fine Art Offset & Litho Works in 1957, raced its way to $3,120. Millions of devotees gather to drag the chariot and be blessed at this annual event. Also making a big impression was lot #400, a Taj Mahal Visit India Bangalore/Madras poster from the 1950s. This offset litho was issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and traded hands at $2,880. Lot #393, a poster illustrated with an Indian woman with intricate face jewelry hiking in the mountains with two chickens under her arm, and lot #389, a poster featuring a colorful illustration emblematic of the culture in Udaipur, added a touch of foreign intrigue to the sale. Each was produced in the 1950s and realized $2,640.
Travel posters illustrated by David Klein (1918-2005) also took off at this auction. Klein was a talented artist best known for his work with TWA and Howard Hughes in the 1950s and 1960s. Lot #23, a ca. 1958 Fly TWA San Francisco example featuring a vibrant mid-century view of the Golden Gate Bridge, spanned its $800-$1,200 estimate to sell for $3,120. Lot #17, a New York World's Fair Fly TWA Jets from 1961, sold for $2,640. This example, which simply explodes with its fireworks themed illustration, is considered one of the rarest of all New York World's Fair posters. And lot #8, a Fly TWA Hollywood poster featuring a Lockheed Constellation plane flying over the Hollywood bowl, with searchlights streaking the night sky, was also a breakout star in this sale. This ca. 1955 masterpiece more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $3,120.
"We saw strong interest in mid-century designs in this sale, which is no surprise considering current collecting trends in all fields. Chicago-related posters also did quite well, and we're happy to offer more in this genre early next year, so collectors should take note," stated Gabe Fajuri, president at Potter & Potter Auctions.
Potter & Potter, founded in 2007, is a Chicago area auction house specializing in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys, and magicana - antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians.
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