Poster Auctions International's Rare Posters Auction #85 grosses over $2.6 million, as records fall
Despite the economic impacts of the last two years, PAI sales continue to increase at an amazing pace. Collectors bid passionately, breaking a number of world records for important artists including Alphonse Mucha and Leonetto Cappiello.
By: Poster Auctions International, Inc.
Jack Rennert, President of PAI, said, "If there was any doubt about the poster's vitality, this auction surely proved its lasting—and increasing—cultural and artistic value. Despite the economic impacts of the last two years, our sales continue to increase at an amazing pace."
As with previous auctions this year, Alphonse Mucha continued to be the star of the show. Works by the Belle Époque master of beauty soared to new heights this auction, and his record-shattering sales include: the 1911 Moravian Teachers' Choir (Pevecké Sdruzení Ucitelu Moravskych), which was won for $43,200 against an estimate of $7,000-$9,000;
All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
The great Montmartre mythologizer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, saw continued interest in his work. The top sale from this auction was his 1899 Jane Avril, which was won for $108,000. The 1899 Confetti sold for $43,200; his 1893 Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret went for $50,400; the 1894 La Loge au Mascaron Doré sold for $45,600.
For Leonetto Cappiello, known as the father of modern advertising, sales were also fruitful. A 1911 maquette, Carnaval / Vinho do Porto, sold for $33,600. His 1926 Automoto / Byrrh made its auction debut, and collectors clamored for the rare design; it was won for $10,200 (est. $7,000-$9,000)
Poster Auctions International's next Rare Posters Auction will be held in New York on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Consignments are accepted until December 10. Poster Auctions International is located at 26 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. PAI may be reached by phone at 212-787-4000, or via email at email@example.com. To learn more about PAI, visit www.posterauctions.com.