Top Lots: Vintage Posters

Wednesday’s Vintage Posters sale brought nearly half a million dollars, and was our highest grossing August poster auction ever. The sale set numerous auction records, including Fred Spear’s Enlist, 1915. Spear’s poignant and memorable design brought $22,800, a record not only for the poster, but for the artist as well. It was the day’s top lot.

Fred Spear, Enlist, New York, 1915. 


Always a classic, James Montgomery Flagg’s I Want You, 1917, sold for $13,200 with buyer’s premium, breaking the previous auction record for this poster, also set by Swann Galleries.


James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You for U.S. Army, New York, 1917. 


There were also surprises among the top lots. An anti-Bolshevik poster, Wolnosc Bolszewicka, which depicts Trotsky as a devil seated on a pile of skulls, earned $13,200, more than 10 times the estimate. The designer, who made the poster in Poland during the Polish-Soviet War, is unknown.


Wolnosc Bolszewicka, designer unknown, Warsaw, 1920.

 Our August auction of Vintage Posters occurs annually. It is one of the largest sales we hold. Contact Nicholas D. Lowry for information about consigning quality materials.