Vintage posters spread magic in Chicago

Vintage posters were in demand in a recent Chicago sale with examples depicting 19th and 20th-century magic acts  taking some of the top lots.

Potter and Potter’s Vintage Poster Sale saw 11 lots from the auction break through the $2,000 (£1,600) mark. An eight-sheet colour lithograph, The World’s Greatest Psychic Sensation, Samri S and Miss Baldwin in Oriental Hypnotic Dream Visions made $4,800 (£3,800).

Vintage poster

The 275cm x 205cm c.1895 graphic featured Miss Baldwin – blindfolded and empowered with second sight by magical forces – sitting and surrounded by red imps rushing to her with questions.

A poster of Kar-Mi (Joseph Hallworth) titled Performing The Most Startling Mystery of All India rose to £2,500 above its £230-315 estimate. This 1914 colour lithograph depicted the magician levitating a sarcophagus amongst skeletal hands and frightened, turbaned observers.

Elsewhere, vintage posters of travel destinations were also in demand, lead by an India Car Festival At Puri poster produced in Bombay by the New Jack Printing Works Ltd., in 1958, which raced its way to $2,640 (£2,090).

Vintage poster for United Air Lines Los Angeles
a Stan Galli (1912-2009) Los Angeles United Air Lines poster depicting a platinum blonde in sunglasses at the beach sold for $2,160 (£1,700)

Other examples that performed well were:

  • A 1960s era Otto Nielson (Danish, 1916-2000) Scandinavian Airlines System India, which fetched $1,800 (£1.400)
  • A David Klein (1918-2005) Fly TWA New York poster sold for $2,400 (£1,900)
  • A David Klein 1961 New York World’s Fair Fly TWA Jets poster – one of the rarest of all New York World’s Fair posters – made $2,640 (£2,090)
  • A Roger Broders (French, 1883-1953) St. Pierre de Chartreuse poster from 1930 illustrated with a mountain and forest range made $2,160 (£1,700)

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