The poster, as we know it, dates back to the 19th century when
the innovation and use of high speed colour lithography by Jules
Chéret made mass production possible and brought this liberating
and exciting art form to the masses.
The application of art to commercial and industrial printing
soon spread throughout Europe and was adopted to advertise
everything from bicycles to absinthe.
Today posters remain a highly collectable area of the antiques
market thanks to their artistic style, historical interest and wall
power to name but three reasons for their continued appeal.
From the ATG Archive
18 October 2012
The eagerly anticipated auction of Underground posters direct from the archives of London Transport Museum was a sell-out at Christie’s South Kensington earlier this month.
24 August 2012
While the eyes of the world have been on the 2012 London Games, the Olympic influence did not leave the auction scene untouched.
20 February 2010
Last month in Harrogate, auctioneers Morphets held a sale of what is thought to be the biggest collection of vintage railway posters ever to come on the market.
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03 May 2013
GALLERY NEWS – Jamie Rountree of Rountree Fine Art and Oliver Swann of Tryon Gallery have announced that they will merge their two companies under the new name of Rountree Tryon.
21 February 2013
Started by Nicolette Tomkinson, head of the posters department at Christie’s South Kensington, 15 years ago, the only dedicated ski poster sale in the UK has successfully mastered a small but lucrative field.
01 March 2013
The original artworks which featured on the music albums of 80s English Synthpop and New Wave band ‘Talk Talk’ are to go under the hammer at music memorabilia specialists Omega Auctions in Stockport, Cheshire, on March 9.
07 February 2013
The latest sales of Impressionist and Modern art in London posted a strong overall performance as private buyers showed a growing appetite for works by major names.
28 February 2013
Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein and Erró are just some of the artists whose works are included in the collection of the late film producer Hercules Bellville to be offered on March 5 at Holloway’s of Banbury.
04 February 2013
Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Irvine, California, have set a new global auction record for a coin at a hammer price of $8.525m (£5.61m).