29th June 2012
Who would have guessed in 1984 when Onslows was founded that 28 years later we would be selling posters to buyers from all round the world using the internet as our saleroom, and the remarkable growth in the market for posters there has been over this period. This auction produced some great posters not often seen on the market with strong bidding for the rarest.
A few notable posters worth mentioning include Bruce Bairnsfather ‘s Join the Territorial Army recruiting poster from the 1920’s at £1000, the original artwork by G Lacoste for the WW2 poster “She knows what YOU want…” made £470. Four rare Spanish Civil War posters sold well the best illustrated above sold for £730. Perhaps the most surprising result for the war poster section of the auction was for a not seen at auction before Royal Navy poster “The difficult we can do at once the impossible may take longer” a once well used saying, it went to the Royal Naval Museum for £550.
We had the usual excellent selection of travel posters with the best examples coming from the “big four” British railway companies. Best of the lot were Waterloo Station In War and Peace by Helen McKie and dating from 1947, it is much rarer than the Peace and War version selling for £5900 against £3300 for the version which we also had to sell. A powerful view of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert at Cowes Week by Kenneth Shoesmith and published by the Southern Railway in 1935 sailed past its estimate making £2125. Dorothea Sharp’s beautiful London and North Eastern Railway poster titled East Coast depicting children playing in seaside pools sold for £2360. The classic Great Western Railway poster “Speed to the West” by Chas H Mayo went to a US buyer for a respectable £1770. Two early LNER posters for Hunstanton and Silloth went for £1000 and £1120. An unusual and stunning LNER design by Verney Danvers showing Grouse in flight rightly went to the owner of a Grouse Moor for £1000. Lastly a humorous BOAC poster from the 1950’s and showing various caricatures of dogs found a buyer at £390.
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