Joost Schmidt Bauhaus poster to auction for $313,000 at Christie's

An iconic poster that Joost Schmidt created for the Staatliches Bauhaus art school will star in Christie's Graphic Masterworks: A Century of Design on October 2 in London.

Joost Schmidt Bauhaus poster
Joost Schmidt was a teacher at the Bauhaus and a visionary typographer



The piece is valued at £150,000-200,000 ($234,901-313,202), as the rarest and most valuable poster in the sale.

"When the Bauhaus organised its milestone exhibition in 1923, inflation in Germany was at an all-time high. It was impossible to source good paper for posters, so very few survived," explained consignor Martijn le Coultre.

"Those that did are fragile and much sought after. It took me 25 years to find this work, now it's my turn to offer it to another collector."

Jean Carlu's poster created for the opening night of the world famous art deco Theatre Pigalle is expected to see the second highest bids of the auction, valued at £30,000-40,000 ($46,980-62,640).

The 1929 work is one of the most abstract posters in the sale, emphasising the groundbreaking engineering of the venue and creating a "truly avant-garde design".

"Graphic Masterworks traces important developments in advertising and design, whilst reflecting significant moments in the social and cultural history of the twentieth century," said Sophie Churcher, a vintage posters specialist at Christie's.

"Originally designed to last just a few weeks before they were torn down, the posters on offer are exceptionally rare, and many have never been seen at auction before."

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