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A Guide To Collecting Posters Part 4 - Condition Reports

Next up in our ongoing guide to collecting vintage posters is a summary of how the condition ratings system works. Here we cover the various grades of poster condition, and what to expect from each.

Condition Ratings (Unless stated posters are unmounted)

The poster is generally in very good condition. Colours are fresh and defects are minor. These may include slight creases, nicks and folds.

The poster is in good condition. There may be some tears and paper loss along folds and edges, and these may have been repaired or restored, there may also be some fading and staining.  

The poster is in poor condition. There may be tears losses in the images, or heavy restoration. Colours may be faded or washed out.  


All lots in our auctions are sold not subject to return, we will give further condition reports on lots at our discretion. All of the posters are original colour lithographs, printed on thin wove paper and are sold unframed and unmounted unless otherwise stated.

We are able when appropriate to send further images of items photographed in the catalogue. We will give condition reports on items during the specified viewing period only.

The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free of wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of ageing.

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