Nothing warms the cockles of my heart like an auction with lovely low estimates on posters. It gives me the hope that we may still be able to buy something cheaply here and there. So I’m very happy to see a whole set of posters like this coming up next month at Dreweatt’s Donnington Priory Salerooms.
Given that these are being advertised on The Saleroom, there is of course almost no chance that they will go for anything near the advertised price. Never mind, shall we have a look at them and pretend that they are affordable anyway?
Although you’d think Dreweatts would know what this Percy Drake Brooksbaw poster is worth by now, they’ve sold several before, and for more than this estimate.
Once again, it’s from the artist’s family by direct descent. Precisely how many did he keep? The house must have been stacked with the things.
As a whole, the auction contains an interesting selection of posters, though, and worth looking at regardless of the prices, because there are some unusual ones in there. I’ve never come across this London Transport poster before, for example.
While this probably has to be the design highlight of the whole sale.
Also included are an interesting selection of McKnight Kauffers – interesting in the sense that they are not the usual suspects.
That last one is actually a hidden bonus in lot 83, so for that estimate, you also get a school trips poster and this too.
It’s not just London Transport posters either, there are also some railway posters too, of which this is the most unusual.
Aperitifs with the artists in cosmopolitan Paris. I’m booking now.
Although if you prefer less bohemian, your tastes will also be catered for too.
Now all I need to do is remember to check back at the start of April and find out what these actually went for. On which note, it’s the Bloomsbury Poster Auction today, and I will be interested to see what other people think that GPO posters are worth these days.