In the last post I only managed to get through about half the auctions that are out there so today for your entertainment and edification, here is part two. But first, a small digression. Lest people think I have been victimising Christies over their high prices, I have to report that the problem is much more widespread than just one auction house. I mentioned the GCR Railwayana auction a week or two ago, although the sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that I failed to call your attention to this little gem.
Sadly we didn’t get it, the hammer price was £230, which was rather more than we’d bid. It was listed as anonymous, but I would be prepared to make a bet that it could well be the work of Felix Kelly, who also designed these two posters for New Brighton and Wallasey, just down the road.
But to return to my original point, railwayana auctions used to be a place where post-war posters could be picked up, at least sometimes, for a song. Not any more, not for the sensible posters like this Scilly Isles one which fetched £400.
Nor for the kitch – the Fleetwood whale pun also went for £410.
Really, where are we meant to get posters from these days?
While I’m on the subject, there is another railwayana auction in the offing, this time Great Western Railwayana Auctions on November 10th, and once again there is a good range of posters.
Although, as ever, there are no estimates, so who knows what they will fetch?
There are many sensible posters of various kinds.
But there is also a rich seam of 1950s kitsch to be found too, of which this is my favourite
Although I am also quite fond of the idea of Hereward the Wake being a selling point.
And there’s plenty more where those came from too.
There are also a couple of sets of this kind of GPO poster if you are interested.
They’ll probably not be too expensive at a railwayana auction, although I can’t vouch for the prices on the rest of what’s on offer. Expensive, judging by recent events.
Elsewhere, Dreweatt’s in Bristol is offering yet another batch of Percy Drake Brookshaw posters, once again being sold by his family.
There are other ones too, but you’ve seen them before. Did his family live in a house just stacked with copies of his posters? I think we need to know.
Finally, there are at last a few odds and ends popping up on eBay. This Stan Krol coach poster, is a bit overpriced at £45 opening bid if you ask me, although it’s always good to see a coach poster at all.
This Frank Newbould in contrast is currently cheap at £20, although I doubt that will last.
This World War Two Ministry of Fuel poster isn’t that interesting, although someone will love it I am sure.
Last but definitely not least, there is an edition of Barbara Jones’s Design for Death. Not only is it just £9.99, but it is being sold for charity, so I am sure one of you will want that. It is for charity after all.