261: Compagnie Française des Chocolats
330: Salamander390: Läderlappen
New York, NY, United States
DoneJan 18, 2013 6:00 PM UTC

The Hans Sachs Poster Collection Day 1

Dr. Hans Sachs Poster Collection is universally described as being the most significant collection of its type in existence. The story starts, however, in the late 1800's when a German Jewish student, fascinated by the strong graphics applied in promotional posters, began a quest to collect. Thus began what is internationally regarded as the first major poster collection. As the student graduated into the world of dentistry, so did his Collection grow. The categories of posters the young Dr. Sachs sought out covered the worlds of art, propaganda and politics, entertainment (from cabarets and dining to opera and early film), travel, sports, consumer products (from cigarettes to the first automobiles) to scenes of war. Dr. Sachs acquired posters by such noted artists as Mucha, Steinlen, Cassandre, Cheret, Schnackenberg, Hohlwein, Christy, Flagg... more than five hundred artists in all. In time, his interest was so great that he organized the first poster collecting society and, in 1911, followed that by publishing Das Plakat (The Poster), an international magazine devoted to poster art. By 1938, under the direction of Josef Goebbels, the Gestapo seized the Collection, placing Dr. Sachs in a concentration camp. Although, with the help of family and friends, Dr. Sachs was able to gain his release, he never saw nor heard of his Collection again, believing that it had been destroyed at the hands of the Nazis. With war clouds brewing, Dr. Sachs and family were able to immigrate to the United States. Following a conscientious effort to select the firm most well suited to properly represent this most important Collection, New York City-based Guernsey's was chosen for the prestigious task. The auction house is now considering offers from those interested in acquiring the Collection intact, thereby preserving the integrity of this unprecedented body of material.
 
1: Moderne Galerie
Sold for $1,700
Jan 18, 2013
2: Secession
Sold for $1,200
Jan 18, 2013
3: Das Tier in der Kunst
Sold for $900
Jan 18, 2013
4: Das Plakat
Sold for $1,400
Jan 18, 2013
6: Ambassadeurs / Dranem
Sold for $1,000
Jan 18, 2013
8: Válecná Výstava v Praze
Sold for $550
Jan 18, 2013
9: Exposition / Henri Boutet
Sold for $2,250
Jan 18, 2013
11: Exposition
Sold for $800
Jan 18, 2013
13: Lachendes Jahrhundert
Sold for $400
Jan 18, 2013
15: Secession / Kunstausstellung
Sold for $22,500
Jan 18, 2013
16: Orell Füssli
Sold for $950
Jan 18, 2013
17: Cocorico
Sold for $7,500
Jan 18, 2013
18: Kunstarbeit
Sold for $1,300
Jan 18, 2013
22: Die Insel
Sold for $1,500
Jan 18, 2013
23: Kunstsalon Aktuaryus
Lot Passed
Jan 18, 2013
24: Japan Ausstellungspark
Sold for $2,250
Jan 18, 2013