South Kensington, London – On 21 January 2016 Christie’s will host its annual Ski Sale – the only auction dedicated to ski posters worldwide. The Ski Sale continues to present collectors with colourful, decorative and skilful vintage poster designs, perfect for anyone looking to decorate their home or chalet. The 2016 auction features a superb selection of vintage posters advertising Europe’s iconic ski resorts, as well as a striking group from the United States, Canada and New Zealand. There is a poster for every budget in The Ski Sale, with estimates ranging from £700 up to £25,000.
During the early 20th century, the first resorts began competing against one another to be recognised as the most beautiful and glamorous, with some of the finest designers and artists commissioned to create stylish advertisements urging holiday-makers to visit. This resulted in a great range of beautiful and striking posters. Skiing holidays also became increasingly popular as new transport links gave greater access to this exhilarating type of holiday. The bold colours, typography that was often integrated into the image and the strong design resulted in outdoor art galleries on station platforms and travel agents where the posters were displayed.
For a brief history of Europe’s top winter resorts in classic posters from the sale click here.
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.