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Brief Introduction to Collecting Original Vintage Posters

What Are Vintage Posters?

Antique and vintage posters are an early form of mass communication dating back to the 15th century, and reinvented in the 1880s in France by Jules Cheret, who simplified colour printing. They were produced as art with a purpose, created to attract attention and engage with people at the time they were issued. As such, they capture the essence of a particular era and are important pieces of social history. Posters were the most effecive way to reach a mass audience until TV and the web took over; they are now on the brink of extinction from other forms of cummunication media.

Why Collect Vintage Posters?

Original antique and vintage posters are great artworks - some designed by famous artists of the period - that you can enjoy on your walls every day. There are a variety of ways to collect posters, including by subject, style, artist and country of origin, and they are available in a wide price range to suit any budget. It is always advisable to talk to a reputable dealer for advice. You can also visit galleries and look through dealer websites and auction catalogues to pick out a subject or design style that appeals to you and works within your budget.

Original vintage posters are widely recognised as a sound investment with the potential for significant value appreciation. 

SkiSale_Christies_May2017  As an example of the increase in popularity and demand for these eye-catching and unique designs, the average annual growth of poster prices at the Christie's Ski Sale from 2005 to 2017 was 26.7% per annum. 

Further Information: 

Please contact us or visit our gallery for more information and to sign up for our next Introduction to Collecting Posters talk. A few of our 2,500+ original antique and vintage posters from around the world are featured below; they are all available to view on our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk (with information on our next auction) and at our gallery. Click here for some tips on looking after your original vintage posters. Our booklet on collecting posters is available at our gallery and online:


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