Christie’s has led the way in the market of Vintage Posters at auction, holding the first ever sale dedicated to the category in 1982. The tri-annual auctions held in the South Kensington saleroom offer examples from the late 19th and early 20th Century from the genres of travel, sport and food and drink.
The posters span avant-garde movements of the period including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Secession, Vorticism and Constructivism. Typical artists in this category include poster pioneers Henri di Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Cassandre, Roger Broders, McKnight Kauffer, and The Stenberg Brothers.
Of special interest are the annual sales of ‘Travel Posters’ and the immensely popular ‘Ski Sale’. In addition, the department holds single owner sales such as the landmark auction: ‘Posters with a Purpose: The London Transport Museum Sale’ which realised a total of £1,026,750 / $1,653,068 / €1,276,250
The allure of Christie’s poster sales draws International collectors and travel lovers, as well as interior designers and decorators.