I keep prevaricating about whether to post about eBay or this week or not. There is stuff out there, but very little of it makes me jump up and down with excitement. But then I thought perhaps that’s not fair, one man’s meat etc. So here it is. But don’t blame me if you don’t like it.
Let’s start with this, as the precise encapsulation of the malaise.
Yes, it is an 1957 Abram Games poster, with an opening bid of just £50. But, how shall I put this, it’s not the most inspiring Games poster I’ve ever seen.
The seller has a few more posters for sale too, including this one,
Which means that I can take an educated guess that he, like so many other sellers, got these from the third Morphets Sale. It’ll be very quiet when all that dust has settled, won’t it.
But the other posters he’s offering are a bit more interesting.
They look like the kind of half-printed stock excursion posters that were more commonly produced by the coach companies. But he says these ones are 40″ x 25″ and so railway sized, and I can’t find any trace of them in the Morphets sale. I’ve seen a few before, but they tend to be earlier, like this Eckersley.
Of course there may be loads of them, and they either weren’t kept much, or else they are sold continually at railwayana auctions and I fail to notice them as they go buy. I shall endeavour to be more vigilant in future.
Elsewhere, expensive things.
Now I cannot deny that this is a very fine poster, mounted on linen and doubtless worth a small fortune were it to come up at Christies. But is anyone going to pay $1,200 for it on eBay? I think not. Especially not if they refer to it as ‘whimsical’ in the item description. Were I about to spend a lot of money on something, I’d rather have it referred to as a very serious investment, thank you, not ‘whimsical’. Honestly.
Now there are some other posters out there on eBay that I would normally mention but haven’t. And that’s because we’re selling them. Now a good part of this is because of embarrassment – much of what we’re selling is some rather tatty odds and ends that I’d rather pretend we’d never bought. Along with one or two nice bits too.
But there’s also an editorial question of how to do this without turning the blog into a shop window. Shall I just leave it out? Or would you like me to mention stuff that I would, under other circumstances, point at but make it clear that they’re ours and bear the shame anyway? I don’t have an answer to that, so if anyone does, I’d like to hear it.
Finally, auction description of the week.
A box of wooden items, including elephants and posters.
We’ve asked, so if I get hold of a picture of a wooden poster, I’ll share it, I promise.