Poster Connection held its vintage poster auction on Saturday in San Francisco. Prices edged higher with multiple bids on the majority of lots.  Popularity of travel posters, rarity, and excellent condition contributed to the results. Consignments are up as collectors seek to offer posters that are rarely seen at auction, or posters offered rarely in such excellent condition. Bidders may have been bidding in an effort to snap up inventory before the market rebounds. Bidders were able to bid live on the internet, in person, absentee and on the phone. Poster Connection serves an international community and bidders speak several languages.

I work the auction as the auction house is owned by friends. My task is to represent phone bidders throughout the auction.  One of my bidders who happens to be a poster dealer out of Boston said “This week, people woke up and took a ‘buy now’ pill.”

The allure is certainly due to the charm of the image and message, the scale (in most cases large), the transience of the item and of course good resale value. For something printed on paper and in multiples and meant to be displayed on the street or in a public place, big money is invested.

What does the success of this auction mean? It means the euro is strong and European bidders can get more for their money, but domestically it means that collectors and dealers are feeling more confident. Cheers to Poster Connection who has managed to keep moving forward through their determination and passion for their craft.

Rare 1920s Original Jean D´Ylen DIABLERETS Poster D´Ylen, Jean 1886 – 1938  Diablerets Lithograph approx. 1928 50.3 x 35.4 in. (128 x 90 cm) Printer: A. Marsens, Lausanne

A short history of the poster can be found here.