Condition & Prices Original Vintage Posters

Pricing

The value of a vintage airline poster depends on a lot of details, condition is just one of them. An important criteria is the age of a poster. And the name of the artist as well as the airline or destination which is depicted. The very first examples of a new style (e.g. modernism) are mostly expensive too.

Auction Results

Another criteria is definitely, how expensive it has been sold at international auctions before. For your interest, I publish every month a few selected auction results:

2017 scroll down please

2016

2015

Conservation

The condition of a poster can be improved by linenbacking. This is a  poster conservation method, popular in many countries (e.g. United States, Australia, France). Museums and a lot of European collectors prefer backing with thin acid free Japanese lining paper only. If a poster has been restored by professionals, in nearly all cases it has been backed too.

Common Ratings

Different sellers have different definitions of grading condition. Make sure you understand what is meant by „fine” condition. Ask about folds, tears, stains, scratches, pin holes, foxing, dirt, discoloration, yellowing, fading or any retouches or repairs. Make sure you know the condition of the poster before it was backed and how much restoration has been done to it.

 

The criteria under which vintage posters are evaluated, is different from that of printed graphic art. A vintage poster can still be classified as ”very good”, although slight creases, stains or minor tears may exist. If a poster has been restored by professional, that should be detailed in the description.

Worthless Vintage Posters

Never buy dry mounted vintage posters! Dry mounting causes hyperacidity of the paper, after a while the paper yellows more an more. This process cannot be reversed and devalues the poster.

 

If a poster is backed on pasteboard, foamboard, masonite or similar material it is  worthless too. In most cases it is impossible to detach it without destroying the paper.

A+: Mint / Perfect

The poster presents no defect. It’s colors are very fresh, the backside is clean too. Rare. 

 

A : Very fine

The poster can present very light traces of wears, some light marks of folds, not more than one small pinhole in each corner.

 

A-: Fine

The poster can present traces of wears, light brown spots, some marks of folds, some light marks of tears, more than four pinholes. There may be some slight dirt or very minor restoration. A poster that was folded but is otherwise flawless is rated as fine.

 

B+: Fairly good

The poster may have traces of wears, spots brown, marks of folds, tears in the margins or the surface of the poster, little down colors. Possibly with minor light-staining. It can show traces of minor restoration.

 

B : Average

The poster can present some slight paper losses, brown spots or other, folds, tears in the margins or the surface. The paper may have yellowed, the colors may be light-stained. It can show traces of restoration.

 

B-: Slightly average down

The poster can have paper losses in the margins or the surface, many brown spots or other, marks of folds, long tears, insolated colors. It can show traces of major or noticeable restoration.

 

C: Average down

Light-staining of the poster may be very pronounced; restoration, folds, or flaking are clearly visible. Only collectable if very rare or old and sought-after. Needs restoration.

 

D: Bad condition

Many parts of such poster may be missing or the colors could be extremely faded. Not collectable.


Poster Auction Results 2017 (Selection)

American Airlines - San Francisco - Original vintage airline poster by McKnight Kauffer
American Airlines - San Francisco - Original vintage airline poster by McKnight Kauffer
United Air Lines - Southern California - Iconic original vintage airline poster by Stan Galli
United Air Lines - Southern California - Iconic original vintage airline poster by Stan Galli
Air France - Proche Orient - Jean Even - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Proche Orient - Jean Even - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Paris–London - Roger di Valerio - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Paris–London - Roger di Valerio - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Golden Clipper - Albert Solon - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Golden Clipper - Albert Solon - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Dans tous les ciels - Badia Vilato - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Dans tous les ciels - Badia Vilato - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Antilles · Amerique Centrale - Lucien Boucher - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Antilles · Amerique Centrale - Lucien Boucher - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Luc-Marie Bayle - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Luc-Marie Bayle - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Afrique - Jean Even - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Afrique - Jean Even - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Afrique du nord - Vincent Guerra - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Afrique du nord - Vincent Guerra - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Orient · Extreme Orient - Boucher - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Orient · Extreme Orient - Boucher - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Arnoux - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Arnoux - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Afrique occidentale - Guerra - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Afrique occidentale - Guerra - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
TWA - Africa - David Klein - Original Vintage Airline Poster
TWA - Africa - David Klein - Original Vintage Airline Poster
United Air Lines - Southern California - Original vintage airline poster by Stan Galli
United Air Lines - Southern California - Original vintage airline poster by Stan Galli
American Airlines - San Francisco - McKnight Kauffer - Original Vintage Airline Poster
American Airlines - San Francisco - McKnight Kauffer - Original Vintage Airline Poster
TCA - Bermuda - Paul Louch - Original Vintage Airline Poster
TCA - Bermuda - Paul Louch - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Africa - Even - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Africa - Even - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Amerique du Sud - Victor Vasarely - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Amerique du Sud - Victor Vasarely - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - India - Villemot - Original vintage airline poster 1956
Air France - India - Villemot - Original vintage airline poster 1956
Air France - Caravelle - Jean Colin - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Caravelle - Jean Colin - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - New York - Vintage Travel Poster by David Klein
TWA - New York - Vintage Travel Poster by David Klein
Continental Airlines - 1971 - Concorde - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Continental Airlines - 1971 - Concorde - Original Vintage Airline Poster
TWA - Las Vegas - Vintage Travel Poster by David Klein
TWA - Las Vegas - Vintage Travel Poster by David Klein
Pan Am - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan Am - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster
United Air Lines - Disneyland - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Stan Galli
United Air Lines - Disneyland - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Stan Galli
United Air Lines - San Francisco - Stan Galli - Original Vintage Airline Poster
United Air Lines - San Francisco - Stan Galli - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan American World Airways - Fly to Europe - Jean Carlu - Vintage Airline Poster
Pan American World Airways - Fly to Europe - Jean Carlu - Vintage Airline Poster
United Air Lines - New York - Original vintage airline poster attributed to Joseph Feher
United Air Lines - New York - Original vintage airline poster attributed to Joseph Feher
TWA - USA Europe Africa Asia - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - USA Europe Africa Asia - Original vintage airline poster
Swissair - Original vintage airline poster by Herbert Leupin - 2nd edition 1956
Swissair - Original vintage airline poster by Herbert Leupin - 2nd edition 1956
TWA - St. Louis - David Klein - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - St. Louis - David Klein - Original vintage airline poster
BEA - Great Britain via London - Original vintage airline poster
BEA - Great Britain via London - Original vintage airline poster
Las Vegas - Fly TWA - David Klein - Original vintage airline poster
Las Vegas - Fly TWA - David Klein - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - San Francisco - David Klein - Original Vintage Airline Poster
TWA - San Francisco - David Klein - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Arnoux - Original Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Amerique du nord - Arnoux - Original Vintage Airline Travel Poster
TWA - Los Angeles - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Bob Smith
TWA - Los Angeles - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Bob Smith
Air France - Amerique du Sud (small "quarter" size) - Victor Vasarely - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Amerique du Sud (small "quarter" size) - Victor Vasarely - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Air France - Corse - Eric - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Corse - Eric - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
Air France - Dans tous les ciels - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Dans tous les ciels - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - San Francisco - David Klein - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
TWA - San Francisco - David Klein - Vintage Airline Travel Poster
TWA - Miami - Original Vintage Airline Poster - Artist: David Klein
TWA - Miami - Original Vintage Airline Poster - Artist: David Klein
Pan Am - Paris - Aaron Fine - Original Vintage Travel Poster
Pan Am - Paris - Aaron Fine - Original Vintage Travel Poster
American Airlines - England - Edward McKnight Kauffer - Original Vintage Travel Poster
American Airlines - England - Edward McKnight Kauffer - Original Vintage Travel Poster
Pan American World Airways - Bermuda by Clipper - Artzybasheff - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan American World Airways - Bermuda by Clipper - Artzybasheff - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan American World Airways - The Orient by Clipper - Baskerville - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan American World Airways - The Orient by Clipper - Baskerville - Original Vintage Airline Poster
Pan Am - Africa - Original vintage airline travel poster
Pan Am - Africa - Original vintage airline travel poster
Air France - Paris-Londres - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Paris-Londres - Original vintage airline poster
TWA - Florida - Original Vintage Airline Poster by David Klein
TWA - Florida - Original Vintage Airline Poster by David Klein
PAN AM - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster
PAN AM - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster
PAN AM - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Ray Ameijide
PAN AM - Hawaii - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Ray Ameijide
BOAC - It’s a small world by Speedbird - Original Vintage Airline Poster
BOAC - It’s a small world by Speedbird - Original Vintage Airline Poster
BOAC - Jamaica - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Hayes
BOAC - Jamaica - Original Vintage Airline Poster by Hayes
Air France - Sports d'hiver - Alexis Kow - Original vintage airline poster
Air France - Sports d'hiver - Alexis Kow - Original vintage airline poster
Swissair - Bernhard Reber - Original vintage airline poster
Swissair - Bernhard Reber - Original vintage airline poster

Poster Auction Results 2016 (click here)

Poster Auction Results 2015 (click here)