Thursday, 17 January 2013

German Posters Sale

Today's ArtDaily has a series of photos of German posters coming up for auction in New York tomorrow. The auction comprises a fascinating collection of more than 4,300 pre-World War II posters amassed by a Jewish dentist and looted by the Gestapo. The dentist, Hans Sachs, fled to the USA to escape the Nazis. The looted posters had been kept in the German Historical Museum. Recently a German court ordered the museum to return the collection to Hans’ son Peter Sachs, who has put them up for auction. In general the collection shows the high quality of pre-war German posters. This one caught my eye. It shows "England" surrounded by German U-boats. This is pre-war Nazi propaganda proclaiming German intent. Will a British museum bid for it? The estimated value of the whole collection is more than $5.8m, but it will be sold in lots.


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