The lot ski poster at Christie’s South Kensington’s sale was the c.1925 Wengen that made £19,000.

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Due to its past popularity, it didn't come as much of a surprise when Wengen, a c.1925 3ft 41/2in by 2ft 1/2in (1.03m x 63cm) lithographic poster by an anonymous artist, became the top lot, fetching £19,000.

It sold to a private buyer who battled against another bidder in the room, commission bids, and a telephone to secure it. Wengen was also the star turn in last year's sale, but this year's hammer price was up £5000 on the 2006 level. Christie's sold 269 of the 303 lots for a hammer total of £465,430, the highest-ever total for one of their vintage poster sales.

The buyer's premium was 20/12%.

By Stephanie Harris