9th December 2011
1941 Sold for £1337 1940 Sold for £1580
Our auction on December 9th 2012 saw some strong prices for the rarer posters. We were fortunate enough to have consigned by a local vendor a good collection of World War two home front posters, they had been collected by the vendor’s mother during the war when she served as a Wren at R N Portsmouth, some even showed signs of having been pulled down from display as the corners were torn. Of the group one particularly stood out, a rare image “Dig for Victory” showing the famous photograph of the boot and spade, this poster published by the HMSO in 1941 would have been printed in several sizes the copy we sold was the small size (38 x 26 mm) and would have been displayed in Telephone boxes, it sold to a collector for an impressive £1337, it’s rarity was confirmed by the fact that the last time we sold this poster was 1988 at that time it sold for £60 to a County Museum, this also indicates the remarkable growth in the market for vintage posters. Other notable prices achieved for World War 2 posters was £1580 for the line up of RAF Battle of Britain pilots with the Churchill quote “Never was so much owed by so many to so few” at £1580 and Abram Games design “Your Britain Fight for it now” this poster published in 1942 was only displayed for a short time having being criticised by the War Office, this made £790.
Other strong prices achieved included Septimus E Scott’s Sunny Rhyl published by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1932, in lovely fresh condition with the original folds it sold to a Californian collector for £4135, the vendor had found the poster in the bottom of a packing case. A charming poster designed by Chas Pears entitled Holidays on the LMS by Mountain Moor and Sea which had originally come from the artist studio sold for £1216
1932 sold for £4135 Circa 1925 sold for £1216
Out of a group of early Shell posters by Charles D Fouqueray and published in 1925 a delightful view of Ben Lomond showing a motor outing and picnic brought £1095 and view of Dorset’s Lulworth Cove finding a local buyer at £912.
Ends March 2012.
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