It’s September, school has started (in the case of small Crownfolio, for the very first time) and the auction season is getting back into gear too. First in the queue are International Poster Auctions in New York, whose Auction of Rare Posters is on Sept 8th.
Most of what’s on offer consists of things that Americans like and I don’t (Barnum and Bailey Circus posters, Art Nouveau, that kind of thing) but there are a few British gems on offer.
Quite a few of these are pre-war London Transport posters like this Dora Batty, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
This Roy Meldrum is less often reproduced but also rather fine. It seems to have an odd familiarity to me, but I don’t know whether this is because it looks like a mixture of so many other images from that period, or simply that I used to own a postcard of it once upon a time.
Roy Meldrum, 1933, est. $1,700-2,000
There are also a couple of McKnight Kauffer classics up for grabs.
E. McKnight Kauffer, 1926, est. $1,700-2,000
E. McKnight Kauffer, 1931, est. $3,000-4,000
But my favourite is much later than any of these, as it dates from 1973 and is by David Gentleman.
David Gentleman, 1973, est. $700-1,000
Clearly prices rise as posters cross the Atlantic: this poster went for just £130 on eBay last month, much to the disappointment of at least one reader of this blog.
Elsewhere on eBay, it’s still a bit quiet. This Tom Purvis is out of focus, a bit battered and in the U.S., although that doesn’t seem to be deterring the bidders.
It is also my bounded duty to point out that Cyclamon has yet another of these small but perfectly formed Eckersley GPO posters for sale on a Buy It Now for £35.
I don’t think he’s printing them.