Archive | May 2012

Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

   AntikBar will be participating at the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair from Thursday 7th to Sunday 17th June 2012, at Stand B28. 

This event features a diverse range of art and antiques from the Old Masters to 20th century design, including paintings, textiles, jewellery, ceramics etc. from around the UK, Europe and rest of the world as well as a programme of lectures, tours and debates, a personal shopper service and a chance to win a trip to Marrakech.

For full information, please visit:

Address: Grand Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14 8UX. Opening hours: Thu 7th: 11am-9pm; Fri 8th-Mon 11th: 11am-7pm; Tue 12th: 11am-9pm; Wed 13th: 11am-7pm; Thu 14th: 11am-9pm; Fri 15th-Sat 16th: 11am-7pm; Sun 17th: 11am-5pm. Tickets from £10 (£8 concessions).

Please visit our website for more information on this, and other events, and contact us in advance to request a complimentary ticket for two people to this event: or you can visit to print out an e-ticket, which is valid for the Preview and duration of the Fair.


Featured Image (at top): Russian Auto Show, 1913


Original Vintage Posters: Inspirational Art and an Enjoyable Investment

Original vintage posters make an unusual and unique eco-friendly gift, suitable for all budgets. The variety of different sizes, colours, graphic design and artistic qualities, themes and topical subject matters can trigger strong emotional responses appealing to our sense of nostalgia and happy memories of childhood, travel, work interest or hobby.


Posters are also highly collectable and widely recognised as a sound art investment, bridging both contemporary and traditional styles. The rarest vintage posters by the most prominent artists have reached outstanding amounts in auctions around the world. Many posters, however, are still affordable and make an ideal present or interior design focal point on the walls of a home, office or even a film set.


In these uncertain economic conditions alternative investments are becoming increasingly popular. The saying “put your money where you can see it” rings a new truth and applies to investment in art. One of these forms of such investment, with generally a much lower starting point, is original vintage posters. 


At the end of the 19th century posters were elevated to an art form by French artists and the standards set by these French poster designers raised the bar for other countries, leading to a wider acceptance of this media by the art community. Being very topical, posters absorbed and reflected the prevailing and changing art styles and fashions at a rapid pace and became part of the avant-garde art movement. Created to be displayed on walls, they were never meant to survive. 


Poster prices vary greatly depending on the artist, subject matter and rarity. Advertising posters from the 1960s is a great entry point into collecting as the designs are bright, bold and quirky. Cinema posters also represent a good investment and it is best to stick to Oscar winners and cult classics. Hollywood stars are no strangers to investing in posters: Nicholas Cage recently sold his rare Dracula poster at an auction for $330,000 after buying it ten years ago for $77,000.  


For those looking to start a collection, AntikBar will provide advice on creating collections and conduct searches on request for particular posters that are of interest to clients. Posters also make an ideal personal present and, given the wide variety of subjects covered by poster art, it is always possible to choose an ideal gift to match a special occasion or event.


AntikBar stock a vast range of posters covering subjects from advertising and cinema to propaganda and travel, across the decades and from around the world. The variety on offer is very appealing and can suit any interior design theme, from traditional to contemporary. With prices starting from under £50, they are also an affordable way to own an amazing piece of history and can bring future financial pleasure.


For more information and news about recent poster auctions (including the record-breaking Christie’s ski auction in January 2012) and buying and collecting posters, visit AntikBar’s News & Events page.


Upcoming Vintage Fairs: 13th and 20th May, London

AntikBar will be at the following upcoming vintage fairs in London this May. Come and join us for a fun step back in time!

   Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair: Seasonal Occasions
– Sunday, 13th May 2012

AntikBar will again be participating at Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair, this time at The 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2QA on Sunday 13th May. Open 11:00am-5:00pm (trade opening 10am). Tickets £2.

Kinsey’s blog review: “An amazing collection of original and replica prints are available from AntikBar. Whether its adverts for ballet performances that pirouetted across the stage half a dozen decades ago or posters for air travel to the exotic Far East you’re looking for, there’s something beautiful and unique to see in this vast collection.”

“An Aladdin’s Cave of real treasures!” Time Out 

   Clerkenwell Vintage Fair: A Right Royal Do!
– Sunday, 20th May 2012

AntikBar will be participating again at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair in The Great Hall at The Urdang, Old Finsbury Town Hall on Rosebery Avenue; a Grade 2 listed Art Nouveau gem situated in the heart of Clerkenwell. Sunday 20th May: Celebrating the Fair’s 3rd Anniversary and the Queen’s Jubilee. Open 11am-5pm (trade opening 10am). Tickets £4.

Plastered in Vintage by Becca Newton: “…the venue was wonderfully lit by streams of midday light which filtered through the high windows…amongst pin up girls selling their wares at AntikBar’s poster and graphics stand…” (visit or do a search to view the 1950s series mentioned in this review of Goodyear pin-up girl posters)
Time Out:

“The most exquisite vintage fashion fair”

Both these fantastic fairs have been nominated for the Best Vintage Fair 2012 category by The Vintage Guide to London (results yet to be announced).

Visit AntikBar’s News & Events page for more information on these and other upcoming events.

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