We’ve considered Posterconnection before – they offer vast quantlties of posters on eBay, generally for quite a high price. All of which means that I’m not suggesting that you buy either of these two, but simply that you might want to take a look at them.
The first is by Hans Unger, but not for one of his usual clients like London Transport. In fact, I’ve never heard of British United Airways before. But the poster is lovely.
Yours for £378.12. Precisely.
The listing says it dates from 1954, and who am I to doubt them, because it is a classic bit of early 1950s design. Yours, however, for nigh on £500.
But it’s probably worth drawing your attention to the fact that, if you look at PosterConnections completed listings, that almost none of their sales go for the asking price, but instead for some unspecified ‘Best Offer’. So it might be worth a punt.
Elsewhere on eBay, there is further evidence that it is turning into a proper market place for proper vintage posters. Take a look at these pair, for example, both being sold by the same seller (and apparently with the same lumps of chewing gum holding the corners down).
Both posters have reached almost £300 with a few days ago, which does seem to suggest that they will get as good a price as they would in any auction.
What’s interesting about these two, though, is that they are both a bit battered around the edges; they’re not the kind of posters, perhaps, that Christies would accept. So is this just the poster market spreading out to eBay, or is it something subtly different emerging, a place where the B+ posters now go. If anyone knows what these would fetch in top condition, do say, as it will help me work out what I think.
On a similar note, and for those who like early infographics, this London Transport poster by Aldo Cosomati is also up for auction.
Although with a starting price of £199, it remains to be seen how well it will do. By way of comparison, the Shell posters had a starting price of £100 and have now shot away. Sometimes you need to be brave with starting prices on eBay in order to reap the reward. I have no idea why that works, but it does.
Back in the world of things that I am more likely to afford, there are also some interesting items. We would bid on this Lander, for example, were it not for the fact that we’ve got one already.
Although with a starting price of £90, perhaps we wouldn’t. The colours are fantastic though.
And finally, despite the title of the listing, this coach poster isn’t by Daphne Padden but Studio Seven.
Something they do admit in the text, but even so it’s a bit cheeky. And I wouldn’t have thought Daphne Padden gets that many searches on eBay, but then I might be wrong. That starts at £65, but has (for what reason I do not know) been backed onto linen so who knows what it’s worth really? Still, it’s an auction, so we can all find out in due course.