Poster Auctions International sale goes American, Sept. 6

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NEW YORK – Poster Auctions International will offer over 550 examples of the best American lithography of the past 150 years on Thursday, Sept. 6. This unprecedented collection of images will be on view, free to the public, from Aug. 25 through Sept. 5. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The single largest section in the auction is dedicated to nearly 200 original circus posters primarily from the turn of the 20th century. Barnum & Bailey, Ringling Brothers, Forepaugh, Sells, Sparks, Hagenbeck-Wallace, and the Christy Brothers are well represented, as are various specialty acts ranging from football-playing elephants to Gargantua the infamous gorilla. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and numerous other traveling and carnival attractions are also on view.

The afternoon session of the auction focuses on American products and services, the star of which is the rare Campbell’s Soup tin sign from circa 1905. Other notable items include Leyendecker’s design for Arrow, various Ivy League collegiate events, a collection of Mather work incentive posters, two designs by Andy Warhol, the original iPod ads, a Disney billboard and an extensive section dedicated to early bicycle advertising.

A portion of the auction focusing on travel presents destinations ranging from Montauk Beach to Yosemite, Yellowstone to Niagara Falls, all possible via railroad or airplane. World’s Fair and Olympics posters are also included.

American entertainment posters could not be better represented, ranging from early theatrical designs to a 19th century announcement for Edward Manet’s first U.S. tour. Silent film, comic book characters, jazz concerts, and the famous Bill Graham rock ’n’ roll images are all included.

The second largest section of the sale presents over 100 examples of the finest early American literary posters ever collected. Works by Bradley, Carqueville, Gould, Hazenplug, Leyendecker, Penfield and Rhead are in abundance, as are more contemporary works by Hirschfeld, Rockwell and Ungerer.

The auction ends with a wide and varied grouping of political and propaganda posters spanning the last 100 years, including designs by Bull, Christy, Flagg and Shahn.

For information contact Angelina Lippert at 212-787-4000.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


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