Graphic Design: Auction Highlights May 2021

At Auction May 13, 2021

This auction is being held in tandem with Selections from Letterform Archive, at auction May 12.

Lot 247: Herbert Bayer, Universal Type, Breit Halbfett, ink and gouache maquette, circa 1925. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

European Secession & Art Nouveau

Lots 201 to 218

Swiss Graphic Design

Lots 219 to 230

Dada & Bauhaus

Lots 235 to 249

Herbert Bayer & Herbert Matter

Lots 246 to 260

Ladislav Sutnar & Czech Design

Lots 261 to 270

Lot 264: Ladislav Sutnar, Zijeme [We Live], group of 20 issues, 1931-32. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.

Lot 240: Johannes Molzahn, Wohnung und Werkraum, 1929. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Italian Graphic Design

Lots 271 to 280

Art Deco

Lots 281 to 301

Edward McKnight Kauffer

Lots 302 to 318

1930s-1940s Graphic Design

Lots 319 to 330

General Dynamics

Lots 331 to 336

Lot 312: Edward McKnight Kauffer, Soaring to Success! Daily Herald—the Early Bird, circa 1963. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Lot 328: Walter Dexel, Verwende stets nur gas, 1924. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Modern Swiss Graphics

Lots 337 to 348


Lots 349 to 351

Paul Rand

Lots 352 to 360

Massimo Vignelli & American Design

Lots 361 to 370

Lot 349: Gerold Hunziker, Bugatti, 1932. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

Lot 227: Otto Baumberger, Forster, Teil-Ausverkauf, 1930. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.


Lots 371 to 374

Tadanori Yokoo

Lots 375 to 383

Art Exhibition & Contemporary Design

Lots 385 to 395

Rock & Roll Concerts

Lots 396 to 400

Lot 380: Tadanori Yokoo, [John Silver Continued], 1968. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.

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Lot 237: Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg, Kleine Dada Soirée, proof, 1922. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm. 

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.


Nicholas D. Lowry

Director, Vintage Posters

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