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Prices off the wall for vintage posters
[NORTH SPORTS FINAL, C Edition]
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Lecky, Andrew
Date: May 14, 1992
Start Page: 3
Section: BUSINESS
Abstract (Document Summary)

It was in the late 1800s that advertising took a turn toward the colorful. Illustrated color posters, often by the most talented artists, made their debut on the boulevards of Europe and America.

A price explosion in the late 1980s resulted in Lautrec's best-known "Moulin Rouge" poster selling at auction for $200,000. Many of his lesser posters are $25,000. Among popular artists from that celebrated period of color lithography are Jules Cheret and Alphonse Mucha.

"The recession had a negative effect on high-end posters, in the same way that the prices of high-end art were driven down," said Tony Fusco, author of the Official Identification and Price Guide to Posters (House of Collectibles, 1990: $12.95). "Yet the middle-range posters, in a range from $2,000 to $10,000, are the ones that really sell, and their prices have pretty much held steady."

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