CHRISTIE’S 17TH ANNUAL SKI SALE JANUARY 2015
IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF 20TH CENTURY POSTERS ADVERTISING SWISS SKI RESORTS CELEBRATES 150 YEARS
OF WINTER TOURISM IN SWITZERLAND
South Kensington – On 22 January 2015 Christie’s South Kensington will host its highly anticipated 17th annual Ski Sale, the only auction of its kind worldwide. Every January, The Ski Sale at Christie’s presents enthusiasts of the world’s foremost winter sport with an extensive selection of vintage posters depicting the action on the slopes and the stunning mountain scenery, capturing an era of glamour. This year the sale features an impressive group of ski posters from Switzerland as well as popular and rare posters from France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Norway and Australia, with a section dedicated to US and Canadian resorts. These iconic posters are offered alongside 25 lots of vintage Louis Vuitton travel luggage. Estimates range from £800 to £80,000.
Switzerland was the most prolific country for ski tourism posters during the 20th century and amongst the first to establish ski resorts, which remain popular to this day. The 2014/15 winter sees Switzerland celebrate 150 years of winter tourism: St. Mortiz and Davos welcomed their first guests in 1864 and 1865 respectively. 2015 also marks the 150th anniversary of the first Matterhorn ascent, which the village of Zermatt will celebrate with events and festivities. The Ski Sale comprises a fantastic group of 20th century posters advertising Swiss resorts, including St. Moritz, Davos, Zermatt, Gstaad and Verbier.
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
*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.