Records & Results: Rare & Important Travel Posters

Our October 27 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters set at least ten auction records. The selection reflected the rapidly changing technology and styles that epitomized the beginning of the twentieth century.

 

Lot 150: Paul George Lawler, Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938. Sold for $20,000.

Lot 150: Paul George Lawler, Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938. Sold for $20,000.

 

The top lot was a rare example of Paul George Lawler’s iconic Fly to South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938, which set an auction record for the artist at $20,000. The image, a variant with text rarely found at auction, features a massive “flying boat.”

 

Lot 145: Jupp Wiertz, 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg - American Line, 1936. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

Lot 145: Jupp Wiertz, 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg – American Line, 1936. Sold for $10,000.

 

Another example of early aviation advertising is Jupp Wiertz’ 2 Days to Europe / Hamburg – American Line, 1936, which depicts a zeppelin hovering near the Empire State Building; this moody poster sold for $10,000.

 

M33840-2 001Lot 143: Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The "Silver Wing" De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold for $11,875.

Lot 143: Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The “Silver Wing” De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold for $11,875.

 

In a similar vein, an early airline advertisement for Imperial Airways / The “Silver Wing” De Luxe, by Charles C. Dickson, circa 1927, shows a passenger sticking her hand out of the airborne plane to wave at a friend on the earth. The charming reminder of just how strange it is to fly sold for $11,875, an auction record for the artist.

 

Lot 2427: Frederic Kimball Mizen, Fifth Avenue - New York / The World's Greatest Shopping Street, 1932. Sold for $6,250.

Lot 172: Frederic Kimball Mizen, Fifth Avenue – New York / The World’s Greatest Shopping Street, 1932. Sold for $6,250.

 

Another record was set for Frederic Kimball Mizen’s Fifth Avenue – New York / The World’s Greatest Shopping Street, 1932, which sold for $6,250. The price nearly doubled the previous record, set by Swann in 1999–the only other time this rare poster has been seen at auction.

 

Lot 44: Percival Albert Trompf, Australia, 1929. Sold for $13,750.

Lot 44: Percival Albert Trompf, Australia, 1929. Sold for $13,750.

 

Other notable lots included Percival Albert Trompf’s Australia, 1929. A view of the scenery and fashions at Bondi Beach and one of the first posters commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association, the poster sold to a private collector for $13,750.

 

For more results, visit the full catalogue. The next sale of Vintage Posters will be Alphonse Mucha & Masters of Art Nouveau: The Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection on January 26, 2017.