Julius Paul travel poster collection to sell at Swann Auction Galleries

The Julius Paul collection of vintage travel posters will sell at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on December 17, having been confiscated by the Nazis during the second world war.

Cassiers Red Star Line poster
The Red Star Line was one of the most famous passenger lines of its day, running between Antwerp, Liverpool, Southampton and New York.

The collection includes many posters created before the first world war, with top holiday destinations in Austria, Yugoslavia and the US paired with stunning vintage images.

The posters were appropriated by the Nazis in 1939, and later sold to the Vienna Albertina Museum. They remained in the museum's collection until 2008, when they were returned to Mr Paul's heirs thanks to the Austrian government.

The most valuable poster in the collection is a Henri Cassiers poster advertising the Red Star Line between Antwerp and London, which is one of 12 created by the artist for the company and among the finest.

Valued at $5,000-7,500, the work is created in the classic art nouveau style and highlights what is considered a golden age of travel.

Also holding that estimate is a fantastic 1904 poster from Alfred Roller. He created an allegory of the cog train that took upper class passengers to the luxury Schnneberg resort outside of Vienna.

A founding member of the Vienna Secession, Roller was one of the foremost poster artists of the group that included Ego Schiele and Gustav Klimt among its members.

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