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Saturday, November 13, 2010

London Underground Posters Auction - November 15

London Underground posters aren't just for transport geeks, they've warranted an
Underground Gallery exhibit at New York's MoMA until January 2011. Now, there's a collection of vintage posters on sale at on November 15 at Swann Galleries .

Mickey Mouse on the London Underground
London at its Brightest, 1934. Estimate: $3,000 to $4,000

The lot includes this promotion for the Tube and Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928, just six years prior to this poster. As you can see from the estimate price, you'll need to have a fair amount of cash to bid for the posters. But the catalogue is full of wonderful images giving a glimpse into the early days of mass transportation.

Rugby League Cup Final, 1933; [estimate:  $700 - $1,000]
Rugby League Cup Final, 1933; [estimate: $700 - $1,000]

There's 28 unique posters of the London Underground and tramways from the 1920s to the 1940s.

I love the poster for Wimbledon from 1933. It was created by famous linocut artist Sybil Andrews. Andrews designed nine posters for the London Underground between 1925 and 1935.

Wimbledon, 1933; [estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000]
Wimbledon, 1933; [estimate: $4,000 - $6,000]

Thanks to Swann Galleries for giving me permission to use the images for the blog.


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