I mentioned a while ago that we’d got something interesting on eBay. Well now they’ve arrived so you are going to have to suffer a bit of crowing. Because it’s not only this.
But also this.
And this too.
Along with the other three posters in the set. As mentioned before on here, they were designed for the Sunday Times by Patrick Tilley sometime in the 1960s, and I’ve never seen one in the wild before, never mind six.
Interestingly, they look much better in reality than as scans or digital images; something I think to do with the collaged newsprint showing much more.
They came from a dealer in the U.S. who had in turn bought them from the widow of a man who had worked in the print industry and travelled to Europe a lot on business. He clearly brought back things that he liked from his travels. And then kept them.
They were originally up for sale on eBay, and as I mentioned on Monday there’s an interesting cautionary tale here about the ways in which eBay can fail. Which is mostly that if something isn’t already popular, people won’t be searching for it and so it won’t be found.
I’ve never seen a Patrick Tilley poster up for sale, so we never search for them – and nor, I will hazard, do many other people. So, up on eBay without the right keywords and no one finding them, this amazing set of posters only reached $20, which wasn’t anywhere near the reserve. We then did a bit of negotiation and got them for rather more than that. Although it still feels like a fair price. But maybe only to us, who knows.