Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prevail at poster auction

The great mythologizer of Montmartre, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, maintained his appeal to bidders. His 1894 Eldorado / Aristide Bruant changed hands for $78,000.

NEW YORK – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec maintained his appeal to bidders at Poster Auctions International’s sale on July 21. His 1894 Eldorado / Aristide Bruant, originally denigrated by the venue’s management, reached its highest sales price in the company’s history: $78,000.

Similarly, his triumphant 1896 La Chaîne Simpson—at auction for the first time in nine years—soared to a record-breaking $72,000. Another design for the famed cabaret star, Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret, from 1893, claimed $43,200.

“We were also pleased with the ongoing response to Art Nouveau works, which have proven to captivate both new and seasoned collectors,” said Jack Rennert, president of Poster Auctions International.

Alphonse Mucha’s ornate designs remain a staple for collectors. Two sets of his decorative panels for the four seasons claimed top sales: the 1896 set of ‘The Seasons’ was won for $43,200.

The auction, which totaled $1.3 million in sales, demonstrated the popularity of Alphonse Mucha, whose ornate designs remain a staple for collectors. Two sets of his revered decorative panels for the four seasons claimed top sales: the 1896 set of The Seasons was won for $43,200; and a rare variant with the imprint of L. Brancher, from 1900, reached $45,600.