Category Archives: Posters

“The Eclectic Collector” Sale at Whyte’s (Dublin) – Saturday 20th September,2014


As usual Whyte’s have surpassed themselves in putting together this sale and the 815 Lots cover a truly eclectic range of material including…a large and very varied selection of film posters – James Bond (Goldfinger, Moonraker, Never Say Never Again), Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window), Ben Hur and The Bridge on the River Kwai…..are on offer; guide prices are affordable with many in the €100 – €300 region….

Rear Window

Philographers will have a field day largely due to the efforts of a Skibbereen schoolboy who began collecting autographs of the Good & the Great back in the 1950s. Resting uneasily (?) side by side are the autographs of the Dalai Lama, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor (below),  S.S. Colonel Otto Skorzeny (the man who led the successful mission to rescue Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943), General Franco, Earl Mountbatten of Burma and a host of other famous Generals, Political Leaders, Movie Stars….

Lot 269 Duke of WINDSOR autograph

Sports medals, signed jerseys, autographs, match programmes – including the highly sought after one from the Ireland v Germany game at Dalymount Park on 17th October 1936 (below).

1936 match prog

Coins – including a hoard of James.II. 1690 ‘Gun Money’ found on a Co.Tipperary farm (!) in 1936 (below); a large variety of interesting Irish banknotes.

Lot 365 Gun Money hoard

Medal collectors will also find much of interest including Lot.578. ‘A Wexford sailor’s Arctic & Crimea’ medals, (below) as well as various War of Independence medals etc.etc.

Arctic and Crimea

A large collection of military memorabilia from both World Wars, and earlier, including a large number of German Nazi medals, daggers etc. – as featured on RTE’s Liveline programme – are sure to attract plenty of bids.

Iron Cross

The Nazis may have had a poisonous ideology but they had all the best when it came to uniforms, medals and other regalia – not my cup of tea but very collectable.



At The Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2.


Viewing at Whyte’s Salerooms

Wednesday 17th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 18th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 19th Sept. from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Searchable catalogue here: Catalogue icon

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Whyte’s (Dublin) Auctions of Movie Posters + Pop & Rock Memorabilia – Saturday 31st May, 2014

Whyte’s back-to-back sales of “Movie Posters” and “Rock & Pop Memorabilia” on Saturday 31st May, at the Freemason’s Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2. are sure to excite lots of interest from collectors far and wide.

The “Movie Posters” sale kicks off at 12 Noon and features over 350 Lots – a single owner collection – covering just about every movie genre.

Caine Mutiny

And, if that isn’t enough for you, following on from the poster sale – at 4.00pm – there’s a sale of “Rock & Pop Memorabilia” – 179 Lots of rare posters, photographs, autographs, vinyl records, clothes, musical instruments and much more besides.

Rolling Stones

Two sales not to be missed!

Viewing and full details/catalogues links on the Auctions Page below:

Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Saturday 14th September, 2013

Once again Whyte’s have pulled out all the stops to put together a superlative collection of Irish history and there’s something to suit the collector of every political persuasion. Amongst the almost 750 Lots are very important items relating to the 1913 “Lockout”, militaria, advertising posters, sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes, books etc.

 Lot.253. A copy of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Proclamation banning the assembly of workers on Sackville Street in August 1913, in pristine condition, is surely one of the highlights of the sale. I expect that it will well exceed its pre-sale estimate of €1,000-1,500. For more information check out the YouTube video below.

For full details of the sale/viewing times etc. go to the Auctions Page here:

Sheppard’s Sale for St.Fin Barre’s – Fota House – Tuesday 28th May

Just a quick reminder that Sheppard’s (Durrow) are holding a sale at Fota House, Co.Cork, tomorrow (Tues. 28th) in aid of St.Fin Barre’s Cathedral. There’s much of interest in the sale including this evocative Cunard poster – modestly estimated at €150-200 . Live online bidding also available.


Full details/catalogue links here:

Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Dublin, Saturday 26th January, 2013

There’s something for everybody as the cliché goes but this time it’s true – the whole spectrum of collecting is covered in Whyte’s Sale on the 26th January. Period travel posters including one of the rarest Irish railway posters to come on the market in years (see below); enough militaria to equip a small army, including that most British of WW.II. weapons, the Bren light machine gun which carries a low estimate of €500-600; a selection of rare Ulster Unionist political posters – very topical at the moment – as well as plenty of Republican ephemera. The sale also includes some good sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes and rare books. 655 Lots in total. The catalogue itself is sure to become a collectors’ item and is available from Whyte’s price €10.

Bren Gun

Lot.336. A British Army Bren machine gun of WWII vintage. Est.€500-600

Ulster is Ours - Copy

Two superb posters: Lot.243 1940s Ulster Unionist Council “Ulster Is Ours” James Craig Election Poster. Est.€300-500 and Lot. 498 Midland Great Western Railway poster circa 1900 which carries a very modest estimate of €400-600.

Further details:

Whyte’s Fine Art & Collectibles Auctioneers & Valuers

38 Molesworth Street,  Dublin .2.

Tel: (01) 676 2888  Fax: (01) 676 2880

Viewing – at Whyte’s salerooms

Wednesday 23rd Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Thursday 24th Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Friday 25th Jan. from 10.00am – 5.30pm

Day of sale from 9.00am – 12.30pm

*Auction takes place at The Freemasons Hall, 17 Molesworth Street at 1.00pm

Flip catalogue click here: Catalogue icon

Searchable catalogue here: Catalogue icon

Guinness was Good for somebody at Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectibles Sale!

Whyte’s sale of  History, Literature & Collectables on Saturday 21st April has been adjudged a major success by the company with over 80% of lots sold for a total of €350,000.

The star item was Lot.12. Composite Atlas Orbis Novi et Antiqvi Delineatio (1657) – a collection of bound 16th Century maps. Manuscript title Orbis Novi et Antiqvi Delineatio, 1657, G.M.F. within an engraved title page. A total of 90 engraved maps (72 double page) by or after Mercator, Ortelius, Hondius, Janssonius and Quad, with fine examples of Ireland. Est.€10,000-12,000 sold for €9,500

Lot.235. 1916 (28th April – 2nd May). The Rising in Enniscorthy – a unique and important collection of documents including ceasefire order.  Estimate: €5,000-7,000 sold for €7,000. Never has so much been paid for so little – in my opinion – but the surrender order is only the second one ever to appear at auction!

Other popular items to exceed their pre-sale estimates included crockery from the White Star Line and some very fine Guinness lithographic posters, one of which – Lot.548. Colour lithograph, framed,Guinness poster with artwork by Raymond Tooby. 32 x 22 inches. Printed by Mills & Rockleys, Ipswich (below). Est. €300-500 sold for an incredible €1,150!

* Some unsold items are still available, details here:

Rare Dominion Line Poster for sale

Full details see Classifieds page.

Gallery 29 – A Special Place!

Travel posters, particularly those from the 1920/50s are still a comparatively cheap way of acquiring the work of well known Irish artists such as Paul Henry, Maurice Wilks, Hugo d’Alesi and Norman Wilkinson. While prices have increased steeply in recent years with a Paul Henry poster of Lough Derg now costing anything up to €2,000 the original work would cost a six-figure sum. Some posters are now almost as rare as the original with few surviving – they were, after all, supposed to be pasted on to railway station noticeboards! A poster dating from circa 1900, commissioned by the Midland, Great Western Railway Company, featuring a spectacular montage of West of Ireland scenes by the artist F.Hugo d’Alesi fetched €3,500 at auction in England in 2001 – believed to be a record for an Irish travel poster.

Several companies now offer full size reproductions of classic posters, of varying quality, but they are a poor substitute for the original and have little or no resale value.

Gallery 29 offers an enormous range of original travel posters as well as general Irish & European advertising posters from the 1890s to the 1970s displayed in an Art Gallery style setting. Lithographic posters represent a seriously good investment and, properly looked after, will appreciate in value over the coming years. Be warned however, as these beautiful items are ‘must-haves’ and if you are bitten by the bug you’ll need to have deep pockets!

Gallery 29,

29 Molesworth Street, Dublin.2.

Tel: (01) 642 5784


Open: Tues/Sat. 10am-6pm