The December Autographs Memorabilia & Vintage Posters auction at Bloomsbury Auctions includes an insightful and previously unseen collection from a Japanese internment camp and documents signed by Samuel Pepys and Sir Winston Churchill alongside a diverse section of vintage posters spanning London underground, food and drink, aviation and transport. The sale will be held on Friday 11th December 2015 at our London, Maddox Street saleroom.
Vintage Posters Highlights:
Leading the opening 197 lot ‘Vintage Posters’ section is a Toulouse-Lautrec Elle, the original advertisement for a series Lautrec did of life behind the scene in a Parisian “maison close” (brothel) [Estimate £8,000-12,000, Lot 56]. A strong collection of London Underground posters features the work of famous artists of the day including Edward Bawden [Lot 118] Mcknight Kauffer [Lot 125] Betty Swanwick [Lot 113] and Zero [Lot 135]. Also under the popular transport section is a group of 26 aviation posters, mainly from the 50s and 60s with an earlier 1932 Imperial Airways where the joy stick to fly the plane is in fact a large steering wheel [Lot 64], it also features working and past airlines AOA, SAS, Swissair, BOAC, Pan Am and TWA.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Elle, lithographic poster in colours, 1896. [Estimate £8,000-12,000 Lot 56].
Joseph C Leyendecker (1874-1951) Arrow Collars, lithographic poster in colours, 1913. [Estimate £500-700 Lot 37].
Sobha Singh See India, North West Frontier, lithographic poster in colours. [Estimate £800-1,200 Lot 114].
Richard R A Jack, British Industries, LMS Steel, lithographic poster in colours, 1924. [Estimate £700-900 Lot 164].
Leslie R Porter, London Tramways, Kew, lithographic poster in colours, 1925. [Estimate £200-400 Lot 130].
Autographs & Memorabilia Highlights:
Session two will offer 300 lots of autographs and memorabilia, including many that have never appeared at auction before. Lots relating to art, history, film, theatre, literature, music, politics, royalty and sport will offer a unique glimpse into the minds and lives of some of the most famous and infamous names in history.
Clipped portion of a Queen Elizabeth I Privy Council document. Lower portion of a Privy Council document signed by Robert Deveraux, 2nd Earl of Essex (“Essex”), Lord Burghley (“W. Burghley”), Sir John Fortescue (“J. Fortescue”), Lord Howard of Effingham (“C. Howard”) and Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon (“Hunsdon”) and concerning James Quarles and Marmaduke Darrell, surveyors-general of the victuals of the queen’s fleet and in charge of the provisions for the same.[Estimate £1,500-2,000 Lot 425].
Typed letter signed Winston S. Churchilll to John Pennington regarding Mr. Pennington’s intentions to put himself forward as a Parliamentary candidate to represent Wallasey, 19 April 1942. [Estimate £3,000-5,000 Lot 418].
Samuel Pepys document signed “S Pepys” to the Clerk of the stores at Chatham, also signed by William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker, Sir William Penn (father of the founder of Pennsylvania), and Sir Thomas Hervey, the recto being an order to receive a consignment of timber from Mr John Mason and instructing that the bills be made out in accordance with the contract on verso. [Estimate £3,000-4,000 Lot 451].
Colour photograph of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Alan White and Klaus Voorman seated by a swimming pool after the 1969 Toronto Live Peace Concert, John and Yoko making the peace sign and Clapton responding with the ‘Victory’ sign, numbered 12/20. [Estimate £800-1,000 Lot 335].
A fascinating collection of items kept by British internee Marion Cunningham (née Cook) whilst an internee at Yangchow Camp B, one of the many Japanese-run internment camps in China during the Second World War. [Estimate £500-700 Lot 432].
Autographs Memorabilia & Vintage Posters. Friday 11th December. 24 Maddox Street, London.