Vintage Posters
South Kensington – Thursday, 12 May 2011
Sale no: 6112 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium] 





Lots Sold:  151

Lots Offered: 205

Sold by Lot: 74%

Sold by £: 84%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.634  /  €1.149




Estimate (£)

Purchase Price



Henry Clemens Van de Velde (1863-1957), TROPON, lithograph in colours, 1897, printed by Hollerbaum & Schmidt, Berlin


£37,250 $60,867



Alexandre Alexeieff (1901-1982), THE NIGHT SCOTSMAN, lithograph in colours, 1931, printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd., London





Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), POWER, THE NERVE CENTRE OF LONDON'S UNDERGROUND, lithograph in colours, 1930, printed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son, Ltd., London





Comment: Sophie Churcher, Specialist, Christie’s commented:
“We are delighted with these strong results which demonstrate the growing demand for the best in 19th and 20th Century graphic design.
Avant-Garde and Modernist works commanded the highest prices, with Henry Clemens Van de Velde’s icon of art nouveau ‘Tropon’ leading the sale. Exceptional results were also achieved for British travel posters, such as Alexeieff’s’ Night Scotsman and McKnight Kauffer’s 1930 masterpiece for London Underground which both more than doubled their pre-sale estimates.” 

Press Contact:

Leonie Ashfield                     020 7752 3121       

Next Sale Date:

The next sale will be held on 14 November 2011.
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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.