Auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips and others offer free admission to selling exhibitions for a few days before each auction. From time to time I will select notable auction lots to bring to your attention. This blog feature is not endorsed by the auction house nor written by any kind of art expert. Just idle musings that I hope encourages you to visit an auction house yourself to see what’s on view and available in New York City.
Lately I’ve highlighted auction lots from New York locations where you can go to preview the sale. But online auctions are steadily gaining ground, even in the high brow houses. Today I recommend you check out the Original Film Posters online sale from Sotheby’s in London. Posters of any kind is a good entry point to collecting as there are plenty of inexpensive lots and often you can find posters that are interesting to the casual collector. You can peruse the sale using the link below. Bidding begins today and final hammer is March 22 (the sale is in the London exhibition space through March 19).
Posters are something you can trust to buy unseen from reputable sealers or auction houses with a complete condition report. My favorite lot in this sale is below, a lobby card from North by Northwest, one of my favorite movies. Estimated to sell for between 800 and 1200 pounds, it looks like a nice place to start. Go to the site on sothebys.com to find you favorites.
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TOMORROW Pi or Pie? Oh, my.