The December 15th sale was the first time the complete work of a single poster artist has come to auction. The Complete Poster Works of Roger Broders offered 100 lots - nearly every poster he designed - all from one private collection. The sale beat more than a dozen prices for Broders posters sold in the United States, set three world records, and two others, considering today's exchange rate. The strong prices could be justified, in part, by the work's spectacular condition.
|Roger Broders, Dunkerque, circa 1930.|
The top lot of the sale was Dunkerque, a poster designed for the railway and the local tourist office of Chemin de Fer du Nord. Swann's specialists were only able to find two other instances of this poster coming to auction. It sold for $19,200.
|Roger Broders, Monte-Carlo, 1930. Sold for $18,000.|
Monte-Carlo, 1930, was created to promote the Monte-Carlo Country Club's glamorous amenities and membership, and is one of Broders's most masterful posters. The grandeur of the perspective and depth of field, combined with the way the bright Riviera sunlight silhouettes the figures in the foreground, make it a poster to remember.
|Roger Broders, Sur la Côte d'Azur, circa 1931.|
Another very desirable poster that did well in the sale was Sur la Côte d'Azur. Bringing $11,400, the sale more than doubled the previous auction record for this image.