What do you do if you are an international auction house in London, with large galleries and no auctions until the autumn because it’s August and all your clients are off enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine, climbing Alpine mountains or cycling around France? You can’t really just shut up shop, as some art galleries do. If you are Sotheby’s, you showcase future auctions, both on-line and real, with a film theme, to cheer everyone up during a summer of unpredictable London weather.
Downstairs are film posters starting with the golden age of the movies in the 1920’s and 1930’s and running up to cult films such as “The Red Shoes” (1948) and “On the Waterfront” (1954), many in languages for other countries in Europe and South America. Here are some of the classics – “King Kong”, “Pinocchio”, “Gone with The Wind”, “Some Like It Hot”, along with Ealing Studios productions of “Passport to Pimlico” and “Hue and Cry”.
This display is not just interesting for the films but for the graphics such as Rene Galliard’s 1926 poster for “Cocaine”, Saul Bass’s US “Vertico” poster from 1958, the French “Asphalte” poster from 1929 and Pierre Etaix French poster for “Mon Oncle” (1958).
Bringing the collection up to date are Terry Gillam’s Monty Python poster from 1971, Alan Aldridge’s poster for “Chelsea Girls” from 1966 and Jamie Reed’s minimalist poster for the Sex Pistols in 1980; it seems a shame that modern posters have lost the graphic designs of some of their predecessors, as seen as looking at 2017′s posters on the uUderground.
Linking from “Gone With The Wind” (1939), upstairs are personal items from Vivien Leigh in advance of an auction later in the year, stylish items from another era and revealing her other skills such as paintings.