Warwick & Warwick Postcard Auction Report 18th May 2016

19th May 2016

Big Demand for Theatres.


An unusual collection of world theatres was offered for sale in the Warwick and Warwick May 18 auction and proved very popular with the bidders. A general world collection of around 900 theatres included the Far East, West Indies and Central and South America. Estimated at £550, the hammer fell at £825, resulting in a realisation of £973, including the buyers’ premium. A collection of 300 Russian theatres was offered as a separate lot and included many real photographic cards from smaller towns. Estimated at £160, it realised the magnificent figure of £1239, reflecting the current strength of the Russian market.

The sale included the largest collection of Bermuda postcards the auctioneers had ever seen. It was broken down into 13 collection, with estimates totalling £4020. The final total realisation was in excess of £6000.


A further section of the famous collection assembled by the late Karl Jaeger attracted considerable interest. There was a large section of Japan, where 350 topo, estimated at £550, realised £885 and 5 collections of Japanese art cards, estimated at £2160, realised £5752. The final section of Karl’s Japanese cards will be offered in the Warwick and Warwick auction on July 20.


The Jaeger collections of China were some of the most competitively bid for lots in the auction. Lot 19 contained only 115 cards. It was estimated at £650 and realised £1534. Lot 20, 159 cards, estimated £650, made £2478. Other countries and areas popular with the bidders were Central and South America, India, Middle East, Russia and Turkey.


The Jaeger subject cards included a Wiener Werkstaetter card entitled “Import” by Moriz Jung, which realised £248. A Pirelli poster advert in art deco style made £82. A rare North Eastern Railway official card, a poster entitled “The Industrial Supremacy of North East England”, realised £94. In the motor sport section, 5 dramatic RP cards of the 1905 Isle of Man TT race for cars made £271, despite over-exposure.


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