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Rare vintage posters to sell in US auction

Published on Jan 17, 2013 6:17 AM
Posters, part of a collection of more than 4,300 pre-World War II posters, looted by the Gestapo during the WWII, are on display prior to be auctioned at the National Bohemian Hall in New York, January 16, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - A trove of about 4,300 rare vintage advertising posters that were seized and feared to have been destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 will go to auction in New York on Friday.

The collection, which originally belonged to Hans Sachs, a Jewish dentist in Berlin, has been recovered by his son Peter and will be sold at Guernsey's Auction House.

The artists behind the depictions of everything from art to opera, propaganda and sports, include Alphonse Mucha, Jules Cheret, Gustav Klimt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Kathe Kollwitz, Max Slevogt and Max Klinger.

The original Sachs collection numbered up to 12,500 posters. The family received compensation from the German government in 1961 for about the equivalent of 500,000 euros (S$813,400).

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