Posters In The News

…a few quick News Bites:

  50 Year Anniversary – 007

AntikBar’s original vintage Dr No poster is featured in the November 2012 issue of British GQ (James Bond Special), pp268-269: “Wonderwall…Hang It Up!” (This poster sold at the Autumn Decorative Fair but more James Bond posters are available; please contact us or browse the cinema pages.) 

  Collecting Art for Children’s Rooms

Homes & Interiors feature in the latest edition of Angels and Urchins on the inspirational choices available and benefits of collecting bright and vibrant artwork with the potential to increase in value to decorate your child’s room, such as original vintage posters: 

“In the quest to perfect our children’s rooms we often overlook the very thing which brings a room to life: namely a vibrant work of art. Instead, having deliberated over cots, tussled with flat-pack storage and pondered paint hues we leave the art until last, often making do with a worthless high-street print, or worse, a blank wall.

Happily you don’t need a trust fund to buy decent pictures: a handmade print by a rising artist, for instance can be yours for under £100. And the purchasing possibilities are endless. One friend buys images of horses for his pony-mad daughter; another focuses on vinatge superhero posters: whatever your child’s interest you will it in print or on canvas.

Starting a Collection

Start at the autumnal art fairs to peruse styles, compare prices and meet dealers. If investment is a priority (and frankly, who doesn’t want to own a piece that will increase in value), find something  you like and ask a few pertinent questions… 

Vintage Posters and Comic Art

Once regarded as mere mechanical reproductions, antique posters are eminently collectable not least because they are so rare. Specialist at Antikbar (antikbar.co.uk) explains: ‘Although posters were pasted up and displayed, few originals survive as they weren’t meant to be kept.’ 

Exceptional graphics, rarity and age determine a poster’s collectibility: a rare Dracula for instance, scooped £300,000 at auction. For the rest of us, the real draw is not only the price (from £45) but the array of subjects: from Second World War soldier to graceful Bolshoi ballet dancers, all ‘not just wonderful art but a piece of social history’…”

…and last (but no means least!):

   ‎Crown Jewel of the Poster World

“A poster for the classic science-fiction movie Metropolis which holds the record for being the most expensive ever sold is to go under the hammer once again … The poster, painted by the German artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm to promote the release of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 film about a dystopian future in the year 2000, is one of only four known surviving copies. It was bought by collector Kenneth Schacter for a still-record $690,000 (£443,210) in 2005 … experts believe it could become the first poster to sell for more than $1m on the open market … He is also known to own a King Kong poster from 1933, which experts believe may be nearly as valuable as the Metropolis poster, and a one-sheet teaser from the same year’s The Invisible Man.”
Links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jun/26/movie-poster-auction-fritz-lang-metropolis
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/metropolis-movie-poster-valuable-seized-bankruptcy-40740

Browse the AntikBar website for more inspiration and follow @AntikBar on Twitter and Pinterest for our “Poster of the Day” tweets/pins. Visit also the News & Events page for more information and contact us for collections advice, search on demand requests and to book a viewing by appointment.
Next Event: AntikBar will be at the Spirit of Christmas Fair, Olympia, from 30th October to 4th November. Further information on this festive event is given on the News & Events page.

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About AntikBar.co.uk

Dealer in original vintage posters and graphic design from around the world covering a variety of subjects: advertising, travel, cinema, sport, war, propaganda. Antique maps, books and prints. Worldwide delivery, collection advice, on demand searches and poster restoration services. Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association (IVPDA) and the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA). Website: www.AntikBar.co.uk. Also on: facebook.com/antikbar.co.uk, pinterest.com/antikbar and Twitter: @AntikBar

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