Mood: Express Yourself!

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Posters mean one thing when they’re printed.

But then, they take on a life of their own.

Color your world – and express yourself! in posters.

403. Jonny Mene La Danse. 1928.

By Robert Portefin (1899-1958)

“Jonny Mene La Danse” (aka “Jonny”), a jazz opera, was one of the first musical pieces openly confronting the paradox of black musicians and racist audiences. The plot revolved around the jazz musician Jonny who steals a high-end saxophone – and the show, along with it. Openly condemned by the Nazis, performances of the show in Munich in 1927 were met with stink bombs in the theater. This did nothing to quash audience demand, and  the production was translated into at least ten different languages, and appeared on over 50 stages across Europe.

44. PAA / Rainbow. ca. 1952.
Lot 42. PAA / USA. ca. 1950.


Peace, freedom, and gaiety – and a rainbow after the deluge of World War II. This remarkable poster was printed in Italy, with German text, promoting air travel to the United States.

17. Cycles Ouragan. ca. 1895.


She seizes the lightning, the intrepid rider with the yellow lion-fronted boots, upon an Ouragan [“hurricane”] Cycle. Ouragan was one of the marks under the Dombret-Jussy umbrella, a bicycle manufacturer founded in 1890 in St-Etienne.

147. Faunus. 1924.

By Aly

Pow! Right in the kisser. As Faunus fights Frosty, you’ll be revved for the battles of today and tomorrow.

454. Au Bon Marché / Bains de Mer. ca. 1925.

By René Vincent (1879-1936)

Feel fancy and free.

346. Eugénie Buffet / Concerté de La Cigale. 1894.

By Lucien Metivet (1863-1932)

Sing your song of the real things.

444. Theatre Aristide Bruant. 1893.

By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Another kind of theatrical realness – Aristide Bruant, cabaret song-poet of the street, shows his back to us. It becomes a symbol of the artist. Insolence? Integrity. This is a very rare version: one of only two copies known to exist in the world, according to Lautrec authorities Wittrock and Adriani.

455. Blackglama / Judy Garland. 1985. ($27,600)

By Andy Warhol (1930-1987)

What does become a legend most? Darling, that’s for you to decide, somewhere over the rainbow.

All lots are available for viewing and bidding today!

PAI-LXXVI: Rare Posters Auction will be held October 18 at 11am EDT.