Vintage Race Posters Now Up For Grabs At RM Sotheby’s
Not all of us can afford to adorn our garages with a Bugatti Type 35 or a Ferrari 250 GTO, and fewer still can mount a BMW M1 on the wall. But you can decorate in a different way, with an authentic poster from the rich history of motorsport in an online auction happening right now.
Each of the items in RM Sotheby’s ‘Original Racing Posters 1925-1972’ collection are the real deal, and the sale includes more than 90 posters from different eras of the sport. Each are professionally archival linen-mounted and in exceptional original condition, and offered at no reserve.
They’re relatively affordable, too. The most expensive could be the V Carrera Panamericana, Mexico from 1954, celebrating the fifth and final running of the Mexican road race won by Umberto Maglioli in a Ferrari 375 Plus and which is estimated between $4,000 and $6,000. Or, a poster from 1938 for the A.C.F Reims Grand Prix, by the French painter Géo Ham, which comes in between $2,500 and $3,500.
Even the long-gone Mille Miglia is here, a 1955 edition with art by Anton Stankowski that celebrates the victory of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, number 722, of the late Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson. This poster is estimated for a ceiling price of a mere $650.
In fact, there are plenty of choices that won’t break the bank, with some of the estimates starting at a comparatively low $250. These posters celebrate some of the most famous races at the most famous tracks, such as Le Mans, Nürburgring, Sebring, Imola, Donington, and even the Isle of Man. All are beautiful works of art, all wonderful pieces of automotive history.
The online auction is already underway and finishes May 18.
*Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s