Last week Swann kicked off the auction season with a sale of Vintage Posters
, with very strong results - in fact, it was our highest-grossing February poster sale to date. The top lot among many high-earning Art Nouveau posters and decorative panels was Alphonse Mucha's The Seasons
. The full set of four posters sold for $78,000. In fact, work by Mucha accounted for a quarter of the top twenty lots.
|Two of Mucha's four Seasons panels, 1896.|
A classic American poster from 1896, Sutro Baths
, a large 80 x 82'' image promoting the once thriving San Francisco bath house, tied the current record at auction, bringing $19,200.
|Sutro Baths, San Francisco, 1896, by an unknown artist.|
Notable in this sale was the fact that while prominent lots like The Seasons did very well, prices for posters outside the mainstream were also higher than expected. A previously undocumented poster for Buffalo Bill's French tour in 1905 earned $15,600, and Hebraic and Judaic posters, like Miskovitz's [The Promised Land,] a poster for a movie billed as the first filmed in Palestine, circa 1930s, also brought record prices.
|W.F. Cody / Buffalo Bill, Paris, 1905.|
Labels: Alphonse Mucha, Art Nouveau, Buffalo Bill, Nicholas Lowry, Sutro Baths, Vintage Posters