Bertold Loffler's Kunstschau Wein poster up 75% on estimate

Bertold Loffler's poster for the 1908 Kunstschau Wein exhibition in Vienna made $52,500 at Swann Auction Galleries on April 24 - up 75% on its $30,000 estimate.

The show was held by members of the Weiner Werkstatte artists' collective, which included Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffman among its members.

Bertold Loffler Kunstschau
Bertold Loffler worked alongside artists like Gustav Klimt at the Weiner Werkstatte

Loffler (1874-1960) joined the group, which operated out of a three storey building in central Vienna, in 1907.

Each section of the space was dedicated to a different branch of arts and crafts and ran until 1932, when the project closed due to the effect of the global economic depression.

A set of 10 anti-Nazi posters by the Taller de Grafica Popular made $45,000 - up an impressive 1,025% on a $4,000 estimate.

The Mexican leftwing group was formed in 1937 in response to the rise of fascism in Germany. The posters were printed in a run of around 2,000 to advertise a series of lectures held at the Palacio de Bella Artes in Mexico City in 1938.

A number of local artists affiliated with the group designed the prints. Few have survived, with the examples sold considered among the finest known.

We have a selection of posters available, including this extraordinary original advert for the 1968 Pontins May Ball.

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