Mr Crownfolio and I are about to put an offer in on a house without an attic. This is quite annoying, because it rather ruins our chances of finding a fantastic cache of posters in there. After the recent set of coach posters, another seller on eBay is profiting from their attic. Only this time it’s school prints.
And we didn’t win a single one of them.
Grrr. Full list here if you’re interested. I reckon he’s made a good thousand pounds out of them already, and there is one more still to go too – this John Nash which is around until 7pm this evening, so be quick.
Apart from that little treasure trove, eBay is fairly quiet at the moment. Star exhibit is this World War Two Home Front poster, which is I think quite rare, and also only hanging around until early this evening.
I particularly like the mice holding it flat at the top. A different seller in the United States has a whole selection of various British Home Front posters for sale, of which the most interesting is probably this one.
The seller has called themselves ‘valuable _books_and_ephemera’ which is pretty much asking me to pick a fight with their prices. The one above is only slightly steep at £49, but the more evocative, if less graphically appealing images like the one below, are on offer for a rather eye-watering £250-ish.
Thank you Mr Valuable, but no thank you.
Also profoundly over-priced is this National Savings poster, which even considering that institution’s track record in producing things I don’t want to look at, is pretty grim. And yet on a Buy It Now at £70.
While I’m here, an interesting digression, pointed out to me by regular James Manning.
That’s the original artwork for McKnight Kauffer’s famous Daily Herald poster, and it went for a whopping €33,500 at an auction in Amsterdam last week. I wonder who bought it? A museum I hope, it certainly deserves to be in one.
And in the meantime, if any of you have an attic that needs clearing, I’d be only to happy to oblige.