Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
New York, NY, United States
DoneFri, Jan 18, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
The Hans Sachs Poster Collection Day 1
Dr. Hans Sachs Poster Collection is universally described as being the most significant collection of its type in existence. The story starts, however, in the late 1800's when a German Jewish student, fascinated by the strong graphics applied in promotional posters, began a quest to collect. Thus began what is internationally regarded as the first major poster collection. As the student graduated into the world of dentistry, so did his Collection grow. The categories of posters the young Dr. Sachs sought out covered the worlds of art, propaganda and politics, entertainment (from cabarets and dining to opera and early film), travel, sports, consumer products (from cigarettes to the first automobiles) to scenes of war. Dr. Sachs acquired posters by such noted artists as Mucha, Steinlen, Cassandre, Cheret, Schnackenberg, Hohlwein, Christy, Flagg... more than five hundred artists in all. In time, his interest was so great that he organized the first poster collecting society and, in 1911, followed that by publishing Das Plakat (The Poster), an international magazine devoted to poster art. By 1938, under the direction of Josef Goebbels, the Gestapo seized the Collection, placing Dr. Sachs in a concentration camp. Although, with the help of family and friends, Dr. Sachs was able to gain his release, he never saw nor heard of his Collection again, believing that it had been destroyed at the hands of the Nazis. With war clouds brewing, Dr. Sachs and family were able to immigrate to the United States. Following a conscientious effort to select the firm most well suited to properly represent this most important Collection, New York City-based Guernsey's was chosen for the prestigious task. The auction house is now considering offers from those interested in acquiring the Collection intact, thereby preserving the integrity of this unprecedented body of material.
Auction & Auctioneer Information
New York, NY, USA
January 16, 17 10am to 8pm and from 10:00am to 1:00pm on auction dates
Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions This catalogue, as amended by any posted notices during the sale, together with the purchaser's registration statement, is Guernsey's and the Consigner's entire agreement with the purchaser relative to the property listed herein. The following conditions of sale are the only terms and conditions by which all properties are offered for sale. The property will be offered by us as the agent for the Consigner unless the catalogue indicates otherwise. By bidding at auction, whether present in person or by agent, by written bid, telephone, internet or by other means, the buyer agrees to be bound by these Conditions of Sale. 1. All properties are sold as is, and neither we nor the Consigner make any warranties or representations with respect to any lot sold including but not limited to the correctness of the catalogue or other description of the origin, physical condition, size, quality, rarity, attribution, authorship, importance, medium, provenance, exhibitions, literature or historical relevance of the property, and no statement anywhere, whether oral or written, shall be deemed such a warranty or representation. All sizes listed are approximate and listed in inches, unless otherwise specified. Prospective bidders should inspect the property before bidding to determine its condition, size, and whether or not it has been repaired or restored. WE AND THE CONSIGNOR DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTIES ARE MADE THAT ANY OF THE MERCHANDISE COMPLIES WITH ANY APPLICABLE GOVERNMENTAL RULES, REGULATIONS OR ORDINANCES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER. Neither Guernsey's as agent nor the Consigner is responsible for any faults or defects in any lot or the correctness of any statement as to the authorship of any origin, authorship, date, age, attribution, genuineness, provenance or condition of any lot. 2. A buyer’s premium will be added to the purchase of all lots in the sale, and is payable by the purchaser as part of the total purchase price. The buyer’s premium for bidders participating in the auction in person or in absentia, either on the telephone or by submitting written bids in advance, is 22%. The buyer’s premium for internet bidders is 25%. Guernsey’s also receives a commission directly from the Consignor. 3. We reserve the right to withdraw any property before the sale. 4. Unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer, all bids are per lot as numbered in the catalogue. 5. All bids placed, and all payments made must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. Bank. 6. Payments are due promptly at the conclusion of the auction, and in the case of absentee and internet bidders, within 10 days of receipt of invoice. 7. We reserve the right to reject any bid. The highest bidder, acknowledged by the auctioneer, will be the purchaser. In the event of a dispute between bidders, or in the event of doubt on our part as to the validity of any bid, the auctioneer will have the final discretion whether to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, our sale records are conclusive. Although in our discretion, we will execute other order bids or accept telephone bids as a convenience to clients who are not present at auctions, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions in connection therewith. 8. If the auctioneer decides that any opening bid is below the value of the article offered, he or she may reject the same and withdraw the article from sale, and if having acknowledged on opening bid, he or she decides that any advance thereafter is insufficient, he or she may reject the advance. 9. ALL LOTS IN THIS AUCTION ARE BEING SOLD WITHOUT MINIMUM RESERVE. 10. On the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, title to the offered lot will pass to the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer, subject to fulfillment by such bidder, of all the conditions set forth herein, and such bidder thereupon a) assumes full risk and responsibility thereof, but not limited to, insurance, fire, theft, removal and storage or damage from any and all causes, and b) will pay the full purchase price thereof or such part as we may require. In addition to other remedies available to us by law, we reserve the right to impose a late charge of 1 1/2% per month of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. REGARDING ANY PURCHASER WHO IS REPRESENTED BY A BIDDER: BIDDERS ARE PERSONALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OBLIGATIONS OF THE PURCHASER SET FORTH IN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE. If any applicable conditions herein are not complied with by the purchaser, in addition to other remedies available to us and the Consigner by law, including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the total purchase price, we at our option may either, a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser, or b) resell the property at public auction without reserve, and the purchaser will be liable for any deficiency costs including handling charges, the expenses of both sales, our commissions on both sales at our regular rates, reasonable attorney's fees, incidental damages, and all other charges due hereunder. In the event that such a buyer pays a portion of the purchase price for any or all lots purchased, Guernsey's shall apply the payment received to such lot or lots that Guernsey's, in its sole discretion deems appropriate. In the case of default, purchaser shall be liable for legal fees and expenses. In addition, a defaulting purchaser will be deemed to have granted us a security interest in, and we may retain as collateral security for such purchaser's obligations to us, any property in our possession owned by such purchaser. We shall have the rights afforded a secured party under the New York Uniform Commercial Code with respect to such property and we may apply against such obligations all monies held or received by us for the account of, due from us to, such purchaser. At our option, payment will not be deemed to have been made in full until we have collected funds represented by checks, or, in the case of bank or cashier's checks, we have confirmed their authenticity. Upon collection of funds, purchaser shall receive a bill of sale for the concerned items of merchandise. 11. Unless exempted by law, the purchaser will be required to pay New York state and local sales tax or any applicable compensating use tax of another state on the total purchase price. Deliveries outside the state may be subject to the compensating use tax of another state. Where duty or collection is imposed on Guernsey's by law, it will require payment of these taxes. 12. These Terms and Conditions of Sale as well as the purchaser's and our respective rights and obligations thereunder shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. By bidding at an auction, whether present in person or by agent, order bid, telephone or by other means, the purchaser shall be deemed to have consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of New York, with exclusive venue in the County of New York. 13. We are not responsible for the act or omissions of carriers or packers of purchased lots, whether or not recommended by us. Packing and handling of purchased lots by us is at the entire risk of the purchaser. In no event will our liability to a purchaser exceed the purchase price actually paid. 14. Estimates do not represent any opinion or guarantee of actual value or ultimate sale price. Actual prices realized for items can fall below or above this range. They should not be relied upon as a prediction or guarantee of the actual selling price. They are prepared well in advance of the sale and are subject to revision. 15. Should any disputes arise pertaining to purchases at this auction or any other matters relating to the auction, such disputes shall be brought in the courts of the State of New York. Venue shall be within the County of New York. 16. Any claim regarding a purchase must be made by the successful bidder to Guernsey's, in writing, certified mail, return receipt requested, within 90 days of the final day of the live auction. Thereafter, all claims shall be time-barred. It is Guernsey?s general policy, and Guernsey?s has the right to have the purchaser obtain, at the purchaser?s expense, the opinion of two recognized experts in the field, mutually agreeable to Guernsey?s and the purchaser. 17. The copyrights in and to the items depicted in this catalogue, and the rights of publicity to the names, images and likenesses of persons or items depicted in this catalogue, are exclusively owned by the Consignor of the property or third parties. A BUYER OF AN ITEM OFFERED FOR SALE DOES NOT ACQUIRE ANY COPYRIGHT, COMMERCIAL RIGHT, OR SIMILAR RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO THE ITEMS OR THE IMAGES OR LIKENESSES CONTAINED THEREIN AND THE BUYER MAY NOT REPRODUCE ANY ITEM PURCHASED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER. No copies or photographs, catalogue descriptions or other written material in this catalogue may be reproduced in any manner without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Participating In the Auction Bidding & Pre-establishing Credit In an effort to facilitate your rapid removal of items immediately following the auction, you can pre-establish credit with Guernsey's. Having done so, you need only write a check for the amount of your purchase (assuming it is within the range of your credit line) and you can remove your purchases. The easiest way to accomplish establishing credit is to provide an Irrevocable Letter of Credit or a Bank Letter of Guarantee from your bank stating that they will guarantee your check up to an indicated amount. Such letters normally have a time limit and therefore, for this auction, a 14 business day limit from the day of the auction would be appropriate. The bank letter should include the bank officer's name and telephone number and should state that the letter is for Guernsey's Sachs Poster Collection Auction on January 18 ? 20, 2013. The letter should be addressed to Barbara Mintz, Vice President of Guernsey's, and indicate the limit to which the checks can be written. You Can Bid at this Auction without Pre-Establishing Credit Without pre-establishing credit, unless you pay with cash or bank check or certified check, your purchases will be held until your personal check clears (usually about 10 business days). In such cases you may be responsible for shipping and handling costs. (Please see Removal/Shipment of Purchases.) Absentee Bidding Although all are welcome to attend the auction in person, it is clear that some may wish to participate as Absentee Bidders. To facilitate absentee bidding, one may bid by filling out the Absentee Bid Form (on the previous page) and mail or fax the form to Guernsey's prior to the auction. One can also bid by telephone during the actual auction by contacting Guernsey's well in advance of the auction dates to arrange for this method of bidding. Shipping, handling and insurance for all absentee bid items are the responsibility of the wining bidder. Bidding increments are at the discretion of the auctioneer. In the case of tie bids the first bid received will be given priority. Absentee bidder invoices will be sent promptly by mail and must be paid in full within 10 days of receipt. Invoices to Internet bidders will be sent promptly by email and must be paid in full within 10 days of receipt. Absentee Bid Form Instructions 1. Fill out the Absentee Bid Form included in the catalogue packet or download a copy from our website. 2. Indicate if you wish to Bid By Phone or Bid By Mail. If you wish to Bid By Phone, be sure to provide the phone number where you can be reached during the auction. Phone bids will be executed by Guernsey's telephoning the bidder on the indicated lots as they are sold at the live auction. Please return the form early to reserve a phone, as a limited number of lines are available per lot on a first come basis. 3. All Top Bid Amounts must be indicated in U.S. dollars. If you wish to Bid By Mail, you must indicate a Top Bid Amount. If you wish to Bid By Phone we encourage you to indicate a Top Bid Amount. Although we will make every reasonable effort to telephone you at the appropriate time during the auction, our experience indicates that there is always the possibility that for a variety of technical (and human) reasons we may not be able to reach you at that time. In the event that were to occur, to avoid disappointment, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU INDICATE YOUR TOP BID IN THE SPACE PROVIDED AFTER CHECKING THE BOX AUTHORIZING GUERNSEY'S TO EXECUTE YOUR BIDS UP TO THE LEVEL INDICATED. 4. Please print clearly and list all lots in numerical order. Use multiple forms, if needed. 5. Sign and date the form. Internet Bidding Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.Liveauctioneers.com. For further information, please visit Guernsey's website or Liveauctioneers.com. Links from the Guernsey's website will be available approximately one month before the event. All lots in this catalogue and in the addendum to this catalogue can be bid on through Liveauctioneers.com prior to - and during - the live auction, provided that the bidder has completed Liveauctioneers? application process and been approved for bidding. DESCRIPTION OF THE POSTERS 1. TITLE or subject of the poster. 2. ARTIST’S NAME. Unless otherwise known by style or an identifying characteristic, the artist’s name, mark or initials appear on the poster. 3. YEAR OF THE POSTER. Believed to be the poster publication date. 4. SIZE. Size is in inches first, then centimeters, height preceeding width. 5. PRINTER (Imp.) Wherever known, the name of the printer is that which appears on the face of the poster. Bear in mind that frequently the establishment credited on the poster is, in fact, an agency, studio or publisher. 6. BACKING. Posters exist as either unbacked, original paper and noted as “P”, are mounted on Japan paper noted as “JP”, or are linen-backed and noted “LB”. Please be aware that it appears “linen-backed posters” in the Sachs Collection were backed at different times and places over the last century resulting in a variety of forms of fabric backing. 7. CONDITION. As the reader undoubtedly knows, posters in the Sachs Collection have endured approximately a century of handling, some of which was in far less than ideal circumstances. Unless otherwise indicated, the posters are being offered in their unrestored state, complete with their historic patina. In a few instances, it appears that restorative work may have been executed decades ago, a fact that will not be noted. Any posters recently restored for the purpose of this Auction will be so noted with an “R” following the letter grade condition indicated below. We have attempted a simplified rating of all the posters in this sale. It should be kept in mind that we are dealing, in many cases, with 75 to 120 - year-old advertising paper. The standards of the print collector cannot be used. Prints were, for the most part, done in small format, on fine paper, and meant to be immediately framed or stored in a print sleeve or cabinet. A poster, for the most part, was printed in a large format, on the cheapest possible paper, and was meant to last about eight weeks on the billboards. Most important to the condition of a poster — not eight weeks but often ninety years later—is the image of the poster: is that image (the lines, the colors, the overall design) still clearly expressed? If so, it is a poster worth collecting. While details of each poster’s condition are given as accurately as possible, blemishes, tears or restorations which do not detract from the basic image should not seriously impair value. All photos are of the actual poster offered for sale. A close look at the photo in the catalogue or online and a reading of the text should enable the buyer who cannot personally examine the item to make an intelligent appraisal of it. The following ratings have been used: Condition A: a poster in very fine condition. The colors are fresh; no paper loss. There may be some slight blemish or tear, but this is very marginal and not noticeable. A+ is a flawless example of a poster rarely seen in such fine condition. A– indicates there may be some slight dirt, fold, tear or other minor restoration, but most unobtrusive. Condition B: a poster in good condition. There may be some slight paper loss, but not in the image or in any crucial design area. The lines and colors are good, although paper may have yellowed (light -stained). B+ designates a poster in very good condition. B– is one in fairly good condition. The latter determination may be caused by heavier than normal lightstaining or one or two noticeable repairs. Condition C: a poster in fair condition. The light-staining may be more pronounced, restorations, folds or flaking are more readily visible, and possibly some minor paper loss occurs. But the poster is otherwise intact, the image clear, and the colors, though possibly faded, still faithful to the artist’s intent. Condition D: a poster in poor condition. A good part of such poster may be missing, including some crucial image area; colors and lines so marred that a true appreciation of the artist’s intent is difficult. Condition R*: a small number of posters in this auction have been recently restored OR recently linen-backed. Prospective buyers are urged to personally inspect these posters or to contact Guernsey’s to determine the extent of the work that has been done. Note: photographs in this catalogue were taken prior to such restorative services. Wherever possible, updated images of these posters in their restored state will be posted online. PLEASE NOTE: The above condition ratings are solely the opinion of Guernsey’s, and are presented only as an aid to the public. Prospective purchasers are expected to have satisfied themselves as to the condition of the posters. Any discrepancy relating to the condition of a poster shall not be considered grounds for the cancellation of a sale. 8. PRE-AUCTION ESTIMATE. Action estimates for this catalogue have been provided by Jack Rennert of Poster Auctions International. Where identical posters have been sold at auction in the past, the estimates reflect the prices realized. Where a poster has no precedent as having ever been sold at auction, Mr. Rennert has used his extensive experience to arrive at “an educated guess.” 9. NO RESERVE. Prospective bidders should note that all posters in this Auction are being sold without minimum reserve. Removal/Shipment of Purchases PURCHASERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SHIPPING AND PACKING COSTS. All pick-ups must be made immediately following the auction, unless other arrangements are made with Guernsey?s. Inasmuch as Guernsey?s does not permanently reside at the Bohemian National Hall (the auction site), it is essential that all items are either 1) paid for immediately after the conclusion of the auction (items can be paid for and removed at any time during the event) and immediately removed or 2) paid for immediately, making arrangements for the removal of the items by the shipper on the premises or your designated shipper and alerting Guernsey?s of your intent. To facilitate removal and/or shipping, an independent moving and storage company will be on site should you wish to avail yourself of their services. Guernsey?s takes no part in any transactions between you and this firm; their presence at the auction is merely a convenience for interested buyers. In some cases, there may be savings of sales tax by the use of a recognized, licensed transport company. Purchasers are responsible for all shipping costs. In some cases, there may be savings of sales tax by the use of a recognized, licensed transport company. Should you wish to learn more about your shipping options, please contact Guernsey's prior to the auction. Removal of Purchases Acquired Through Absentee, Phone & Internet Bidding If you are a successful absentee, phone or internet bidder, your purchases will be removed by the moving and storage company on site at the auction (unless you have made other arrangements with Guernsey?s at least three days prior to the sale). They will be held by that firm until you have made payment to Guernsey?s, at which time we will provide a release to the shipper. You may use this firm to transport your purchases to you or use another shipper of your choosing (in which case storage charges may apply). Please feel free to call Guernsey?s in advance should you have any questions regarding your shipping options. Physically small objects not picked removed at the conclusion of the auction will be removed to Guernsey?s warehouse in upper Manhattan. Larger objects not picked up that require the services of a professional transport company will be removed by same. Arrangements must then be made with Guernsey?s for the payment and pick up or shipment of these objects. If you are a successful Internet or Absentee Bidder?. 1. You will receive an invoice following the auction (Internet bidders by email, Absentee bidders by snail mail). If you believe you are a successful bidder and don?t receive an invoice, please contact Guernsey?s (212-794-2280; firstname.lastname@example.org) 2. Payment is due promptly and within 10 days of receipt of invoice. 3. Purchases paid for by wire transfer, bank or cashier?s check will be available for release immediately. 4. Purchases paid for by personal or business check will be held until the check has cleared (please allow 10 business days from receipt of payment). 5. When purchases are available for release you will be contacted by Guernsey?s. a) If your purchases have been removed to Guernsey?s warehouse, Guernsey?s can assist you by overseeing packing, pick-up and shipment by a shipper of your choice. b) If your purchases have been removed by the independent shipper (because they are large, fragile, or require special handling), Guernsey?s will put you in touch with that shipper to make your own pick-up or shipping arrangements. Purchasers are responsible for all shipping costs. In some cases, there may be savings of sales tax by the use of a recognized, licensed transport company. Should you wish to learn more about your shipping options, please contact Guernsey's prior to the auction.
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