Christie’s today: The thrill of the race

Posters expert William Crouse introduces five Art Deco posters that captured the spirit of the early Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of our Posters sale in London on 5 November 2015

The race

Robert Falcucci (1900-1989), Monaco, 1932. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £12,000-18,000.

On April 14, 1929 the Monaco race became the seventh Grand Prix event — quickly growing to become the most popular race on the circuit. French illustrator Roberto Falcucci began to produce posters for the event in 1930. ‘Falcucci’s third and final poster for the Grand Prix de Monaco is action-packed. In a masterful display of pastels, he contrasted the tranquil and sunny slopes of the Riviera with the blur of two speeding racers,’ comments author William Crouse.

The drivers

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1933. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

Georges Hamel, known as the “prince of motion”, was considered by many to be the most talented automobile poster artist of his era,’ explains Crouse. ‘His works are readibly recognizable by his signature driver’s scarf blowing in the wind and by his prominent use of palm trees, which were first introduced by Falcucci in his 1932 poster. Hamel, who signed his works as ‘Geo Ham,’ designed all six of the famous, beautiful and rare Grand Prix de Monaco posters from 1933 to 1948.’ 

The speed

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1935. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

‘Geo Ham’s 1935 Grand Prix poster presents a streamlined “Silver Arrow”, the Mercedes W25 so called because the German company scraped the white paint of the Mercedes-Benz cars down to the raw metal so that they could make the required weight limit. With Ham’s ever-present scarf flying in the wind and overhanging palm trees, the “Silver Arrow” is leading a red Alfa Romeo up the hill. In the background, Monaco Ville and Mont Angel are expertly portrayed.’

The cars

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1936. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £8,000-12,000.

‘Geo Ham’s 1936 poster brilliantly depicts the battle between the Germans and Italians in the Monaco race. Here, a stylish Auto Union GL, the first of the rear-engine race cars, leads a red Alfa Romeo through an extremely tight turn,’ says Crouse. ‘Monaco’s wealth is easily seen in the majestic yachts and passenger ships in the port; and of course, here again are Ham’s signature palm tree and scarf blowing in the wind.’ 

The crowd

Michel Bouchaud, La plage de Monte, 1929. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £6,000 — 8,000. 

‘The 1929 race was a perfect beginning for the first running of the Grand Prix de Monaco,’ Crouse explains. ‘A crowd estimated at 100,000 filled the stands, which were set up all around the course, and every hotel window and balcony was full of spectators. In fact, the first Grand Prix de Monaco race attracted the largest crowd of people ever seen in the principality, and not even the impending Depression would prevent the race from becoming world famous.’

Gooding & Company Red Hot: Nigel Mansell 1990 Ferrari 641/2 at The Scottsdale Auctions

Meta invernale ideale, Gooding & Company ha contribuito a rendere ancora più raffinata ed esclusiva la già bella e fiorente Scottsdale. Adiacente al Fashion Square Mall e all’affascinante centro storico di Scottsdale, l’asta Gooding & Company ha sempre presentato a catalogo esemplari mozzafiato delle migliori marche e di tutte le epoche.

Nel corso degli ultimi sette anni, Gooding & Company ha stabilito nuovi riferimenti per le auto da collezione, con record ad indicare dove può arrivare il mercato. Nella vivace atmosfera dell’Arizona, Gooding & Company si distingue da sempre con un eccezionale livello di automobili che spesso fanno parlare di loro ben l’oltre il periodo della stessa manifestazione.

Ecco solo alcune delle magnifiche vetture presenti all’asta dal 14-17 jan 2015 a Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road.

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1990 Ferrari 641/2 $800,000 – $1,100,000 Nigel Mansell Portuguese Grand Prix Winner

 

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 $3,250,000 - $3,750,000 Ferrari Classiche Certified Coachwork by Scaglietti
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 $3,250,000 – $3,750,000
Ferrari Classiche Certified
Coachwork by Scaglietti
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS $400,000 - $475,000 Coachwork by Scaglietti
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS $400,000 – $475,000 Coachwork by Scaglietti
1988 Porsche 959 Sport $1,500,000 - $2,000,000 One of Only 29 Examples Built | Extremely Rare Factory Stage II Specification
1988 Porsche 959 Sport $1,500,000 – $2,000,000
One of Only 29 Examples Built | Extremely Rare Factory Stage II Specification
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster $180,000 - $220,000
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster $180,000 – $220,000
1990 Ferrari 641/2 $800,000 - $1,100,000 Nigel Mansell Portuguese Grand Prix Winner
1990 Ferrari 641/2 $800,000 – $1,100,000
Nigel Mansell Portuguese Grand Prix Winner

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com


An ideal winter destination, Gooding & Company has brought a refined approach to the well-established and thriving marketplace of Scottsdale. Adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall and charming Old Town Scottsdale, Gooding & Company’s sale has consistently offered a collection that stands apart with stunning examples across many marques and eras. Beginning Wednesday, view the diverse high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Over the past seven years, Gooding & Company has consistently set the mark for the collector car year in Scottsdale, with records that reimagine what is possible in the market. In the lively atmosphere that is Arizona Auction Week, Gooding & Company stands apart with an unparalleled sell-through rate of exceptional automobiles that often become the talk of the town and beyond.

Here some wonder of the auction on 14-17 jan 2015, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com