The first auction of its kind, Posters Please will be offering a
collection of over 400 original, rare posters from the 20th century.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW YORK – On Thursday, March 12th, Posters Pleasethe world's
leading dealer of authentic vintage posterswill be offering over 400
lots of rare, original posters from the 20th century. This will be
the first sale of its kind ever, opening up a previously untapped
market to the auction community.
Aimed at first-time buyers, with many reserves as low as $100, this
sale offers the unique opportunity to begin collecting works of art
that will only increase in value.
With sections dedicated to politics, music, fashion, entertainment,
travel, and sports, this sale follows the trajectory of pop culture
from the 1950s through the 1980s. Bring back what once hung on the
walls of your (or your parents') dorm room. From Levy's to Levis, Fu
Manchu to Nixon, Nina Simone to Paul Simon, the Stenberg Brothers to
the Marx Brothers, Mao to Tao, no sale has ever been filled with this
many iconic images or notable personalities.
Highlights include a complete set of the famous San Francisco Rock
posters, the first printing of Ricky Jay's 'Cards As Weapons' poster
and book, the ghoulish advertisements of Edward Gorey, Gunther
Kieser's concert images, a half-naked Elvis, the Beatles, Andy
Warhol, Herman Miller, the cult images of Yokoo, and both the
political and the erotic posters of Tomi Ungerer, of Schoolhouse Rock fame.
Notable artists featured in the sale are Celestino Piatti, Seymour
Chwast, Ivan Chermayeff, Paul Davis, Raymond Savignac, David Byrd,
René Magritte, Alexander Calder, Erte, Joe Eula, Jean-Michel Folon,
Milton Glaser, Richard Lindner, Michael Prechtl, Charles Kiffer, Rick
Griffen, Wes Wilson, Bernard Villemot, Herbert Leupin, Pierre
Fix-Masseau, Weimer Pursell, Tomoko Miho, Peter Teubner, Henri
Matisse, William Klein, Al Hirschfeild, Keith Haring, and Pablo Picasso.
Accompanying this schmorgasboard of artistic talent are such
(in)famous subjects as Allen Ginsberg, Watergate, Houdini, Alvin
Ailey, Marcel Marceau, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton,
the Folies Bergere, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bette
Midler, Barbra Streisand, the Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Rolling
Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The
Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkel, Lauren Bacall, Cuba, the New
Yorker, the Giants, Babe Ruth, Laurel & Hardy, Josephine Baker, Bobby
Short, Maurice Chevalier, Mahalia Jackson, and Dizzy Gillespie.
It's time to go All the Way with LBJ, to vote Fu Manchu for Mayor, to
express your awe for the poetry of Yevtushenko, to demand Safe Energy
Now, to embrace Big Nudes, to have a Flask of W.C. Fields, to say
Hooray for Captain Spaulding, to use Cards as Weapons, to tune in to
Masterpiece Theatre, to dance at the Mod Ball, to listen to Jazz, to
see War in Concert, to climb aboard the Yellow Submarine, to Step Out
in Levi's Jeans, to wear Chanel No. 5, to feast at the Herman Miller
Picnic, to read the New Yorker, to take all 65 Bridges to New York,
to witness The Fight, to Join the Free and Fat Society, and to take
part in the Electric Circus.
All that and more on March 12, 5:30 pm, at the International Poster Center.
Particulars: The auction begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 12th.
The posters will be on view from February 27 to March 11, M-F, 9-5;
The International Poster Center
601 W. 26th St., 13th Floor
New York, NY 10028
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