The top lot in last Wednesday's Vintage Posters auction, L’Estampe Moderne, with 200 plates by various artists in two volumes, Paris, 1897-99, sold for $21,600.
Nicholas Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries President and Poster Specialist, said, “This sale defied all recession-era predictions and brought collectors and dealers out in big numbers. Prices remained buoyant, even strong, for quality pieces. And the overall results seem to point to an easing of the more stringent budgets buyers have imposed on themselves during the economic downturn.”
The anti-Nazi poster This is the Enemy by Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona, New York, 1942, sold for an auction record of $8,400.
Ferry’s Seeds, a group of approximately 23 posters by various artists sold for $10,800, far above its estimate.