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.


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About AntikBar.co.uk

AntikBar is the London based gallery specialising in original vintage posters from around the world covering a variety of subjects: advertising, travel, cinema, sport, war, propaganda. In-store and online with worldwide delivery. Vintage poster auctions & exhibitions and events. Collection advice, on demand searches and poster restoration services. Visit www.AntikbarBooks.co.uk for vintage books and graphic design primarily from the 1920s-1930s. Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association (IVPDA) and the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA). Website: www.AntikBar.co.uk - follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/antikbar.co.uk (and @antikbarbooks.co.uk) Pinterest at pinterest.com/antikbar Instagram at instagram.com/antikbar.co.uk and Twitter at @AntikBar for more news and events updates, images and features.

2 responses to “Original Vintage Posters: Inspirational Art and an Enjoyable Investment”

  1. Young Mom Life says :

    Thank you for the follow! I have read your kind message on LinkedIn! I would love to do an entry on you one day! This is fascinating! I have seen poster like this before and always found them interesting. So they are popular once more?

    • AntikBar.co.uk says :

      Thanks! We love your blog too – a great selection of topics and as for those cakes…yummy!
      Yes, posters are popular overall and original vintage ones (as opposed to reproductions) are certainly becoming increasingly recognised as a good alternative art investment. The current “hot” subjects seem to be skiing and sport, especially as it’s an Olympic year. There are a few articles listed on our News & Events page for further information at http://www.AntikBar.co.uk, which include the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques and the Antiques Trade Gazette and, of course, the recent record-breaking auction results speak for themselves really! Original vintage posters have always been popular in the US and France but interest is now picking up in other countries, including the UK, Russia and the rest of Europe etc.
      They are a true form of art and owning an old poster is like owning a piece of history – that’s how we feel anyway! It’s great to see them bought by people who appreciate them and love them as well, knowing they’re going to good homes where they’ll be displayed and enjoyed and that they may very well bring their new owners (or their children!) future financial happiness one day too!

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