Modern Design Sale

Sorry I’ve been away so long, my poster-loving darlings, but there was a catalog to write.

That said, I come bearing good news! It just so happens that we’re having a 50% off sale on all of our Modern posters and books right now – and there’s nothing like a fine art sale to get me all giddy about decorating on the cheap!

Here are just a few of my favorites to get you in the mood to revamp whatever sad den if disarray in which you abide:

"Who Has a Better Right to Oppose the War" by Richard Avedon, 1969. Sale Price: $150

“Who Has a Better Right to Oppose the War” by Richard Avedon, 1969. Sale Price: $150

As the resident Republican in the gallery, I’m not known for my love of anti-war posters; however, Richard Avedon’s work has sold for over $60,000 at Christie’s, and I’m all about smart shopping.

"Fu Manchu for Mayor" by Anonymous, ca. 1968. Sale Price: $150

“Fu Manchu for Mayor” by Anonymous, ca. 1968. Sale Price: $150

We all have that friend that’s way too into comic books/SciFi/action figures/some other passion that naturally creates social awkwardness. Why not bring some high art to their antisocial pursuits?

"Great Ideas of Western Man" by Rene Magritte, 1970. Sale Price: $100.

“Great Ideas of Western Man” by Rene Magritte, 1970. Sale Price: $100.

As with the Avedon poster, how often do you see this artist’s work sell for three figures? Probably not even while he was alive could you pick up a work by Magritte for such a low price. More interestingly, this is part of the Great Ideas of Western Man series in which a dozen or so famous artists were given “great thoughts” in history to illustrate. Here, Magritte gives visual voice to George Santayana’s 1905 quote from The Life of Reason: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

"David Byrd Exhibition" by David Byrd, 1971. Sale Price: $250.

“David Byrd Exhibition” by David Byrd, 1971. Sale Price: $250.

This is perhaps the most under-appreciated Modern poster we’ve ever had. David Byrd was a design legend in the 70s, creating hundreds of posters (most famously for the San Francisco rock scene). Here, he does what so many of those artists were known for: he riffs on one of the icons of Art Nouveau – Mucha’s Gismonda – and places himself within the ornate borders usually occupied by Sarah Bernhardt.

"Vasarely Farbwett" by Victor Vasarely, 1973. Sale Price: $50

“Vasarely Farbwett” by Victor Vasarely, 1973. Sale Price: $50

You want your home office to look like a Mad Men set? Start with some serious Mid-Century Modern graphics.

"The Mod Ball" by Joe Eula, 1965. Sale Price: $150.

“The Mod Ball” by Joe Eula, 1965. Sale Price: $150.

This is one of my favorite posters in our Modern collection – it’s just so Liza, so Mod, so fashion. More topically, it advertises a hedonistic event at The Rainbow Room, which just so happens to have re-opened in NYC a few months ago!

Bread and Roses

If you live in a major city, you probably noticed that last night was full of protests and marches following yesterday’s Ferguson verdict.

Upon entering the gallery this morning, I noticed this image by Paul Davis on our wall, created for a cultural event sponsored by a New York union made up primarily of black and hispanic workers in 1978.

"Bread and Roses," by Paul Davis. 1978

“Bread and Roses,” by Paul Davis. 1978

In 1912, James Oppenheim wrote a poem inspired by a banner carried by female mill workers on strike. The banner read “we want bread and roses, too” – a nod to the Biblical verse that “man does not live by bread alone.”

In 1974, that poem was set to music by Mimi Farina, and subsequently recorded by Judy Collins, John Denver, and Ani DiFranco over the years, each time taking on new meaning based on the current political and social climate.

The lyrics are as follows:

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

In light of yesterday’s events, I believe we could still learn a lot from the above sentiment, and that we still have a long road ahead.

Vintage Frames Company | Dice

Vintage Frames Company | Dice

Vintage Frames Company Dice Sunglasses

All Dice.

We present to you the “Dice” — the latest offering from Vintage Frames Company which we debuted earlier this year here at Eyegoodies.

The Dice is inspired by none other than comedy legend Andrew Dice Clay, as well as classic low riding styling.  It is a timeless shape juxtaposed with brash metallic detailing. The frame is made in two variations, the N1 (for Number One) sunglass pairs gold or silver N1 on the left temple with matching gold or silver mirror lenses respectively.  Then there’s the Dice “Love/Hate”, which features matte black with bold gold Love/Hate lettering.

 

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For all you that got trophies for coming in last place and were told you were the “last winner”, these sunglasses are most definitely NOT FOR YOU. There is only one number 1 !

Vintage Frames Company Dice Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Gold sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Gold sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Gold sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Gold sunglasses

 

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Silver sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice - Matte Black and Silver sunglasses

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Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company Dice Love Hate Sunglasses

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Karen Walker Sunglasses ‘Celebrate’ – 10th Anniversary Limited Edition

Karen Walker sunglasses Celebrate - 10th Anniversary - Limited Edition

10-Year anniversaries are traditionally commemorated with tin – but then again Karen Walker has always done things a bit differently. So what better way to celebrate ten years of fantastically chic eyewear, than with all gold?

To mark this special milestone, Karen Walker releases the limited edition ‘Celebrate’ collection – which is made up of one defining sunglass from each of the last 10 years, done entirely in gold.

These limited edition gold metal frames are laminated in crystal acetate and perfectly finished with a warm golden mirror. Also worth noting, each frame comes with special packaging to mark the occasion.

Karen Walker Special Edition 10th Anniversary packaging

So, everyone raise your glasses! Here’s to a wonderful 10 years in the books, and to 10 more.

Checkout the beautiful and festive campaign paired with some of our favorite product shots:

 

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Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses

 

The gold Medusa is back!  To pay homage to a style which helped define an era, Versace pulls from their iconic archives and brings back the famed 4265 sunglasses for a limited edition run.

The most coveted Versace sunglasses are not subtle, but rather evoke an era, style, and culture of filthy rich SUCCESS in EXCESS.

Available in all black or classic havana with the gold Medusa medallion, each sunglass is handcrafted in Italy.

Check ‘em out below:

 

Black / Gold:

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

 

 Havana/ Gold:

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Havana

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Havana

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Havana

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Havana

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Havana

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La Boheme

Today I get to leave the gallery early.

Why, you ask? What great excuse could a Posterette possibly give to shirk her poster duties?

Well, it’s the beginning of my opera season, and what better opera to begin such a season than Puccini’s La Boheme.

"La Boheme" by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1895. $1,400

“La Boheme” by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1895. $1,400

Yes, we have the poster for the very first production. Yes, it’s awesome and tragic and beautiful and everything the opera could be. And yes, it’s available for purchase in our Second Chance Auction (Lot 316).

SUPER Sunglasses FW 2014 | Casa Nostra

Super Sunglasses FW-2014

“Casa Nostra” (Our House).

After a few seasons of wide ventured experimenting, Italian based SUPER brings everything back home with a concise, tight offering of new styles.

The collection is highlighted by the sharp, and effortlessly dressy Impero (Empire) series, new classic fall colors (Acqua Santa), as well as direct homages to their Italian heritage (Ex-voto, Napoli).

Without further delay…

The collection:

Super Impero Sunglasses

Extremely versatile and our favorite of the collection.

The Impero (Italian for Empire) features simple and elegant elements.  A sleek, shiny black acetate frame that has its lenses lined with gold. The sunglass is then finished off with dark black Zeiss lenses.  Offered in the classic wayfarer shape as well as the more modern Flat Top.

 

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Super Sagoma sunglasses

A timeless tortoiseshell with crystal surrounding each lens, and finished with “Bottle Green” Zeiss lenses.  Offered in the unisex “People” and “Paloma” shapes, this color is interestingly both avant-garde and classic.

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Super Goffrato sunglasses

A new textural twist on classic black sunglasses. The Goffrato series borrows its name from a technique used to impress a pattern into a material at extremely high temperatures. The shiny black acetate frame is embossed with a snake-skin pattern, subtle gold adornments on the front, and finished with black Zeiss lenses. It is both durable and lightweight.

Super Flat Top Goffrato sunglasses

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Super Napoli Napoli sunglasses

The Napoli-Napoli was forged to reincarnate the famous Italian icon: ‘corne napoletane’.  The proprietary symbol, used to drive away bad luck, is rendered in its traditional red color. It is complemented by snake leather on the arms, gold trim, and shiny black acetate.

Super Flat Top Napoli Napoli sunglasses

Super Flat Top Napoli Napoli sunglasses

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Super Aqua Santa sunglasses

Acqua Santa is a unique new acetate featuring a combination of earthly tones fused together in a rich contemporary texture – part marble-like, part natural havana. So as the frame catches the light it will showcase different hues. The sunglass is finished with premium “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

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A new slick pearlized gray/black finish offered here in Supers Flat Top shape (shown below), as well as the America shape.

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Drew Mama Amante is an old-school throw back. It pairs rich brown havana acetate, interlaced with ivory mother of pearl and gold metal detailing on the temples. It is then finished off with “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

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Super Basic Ex-Voto sunglasses

The Ex-Voto (out of a vow) features an intricate gold crest inspired by Italian architecture on the arms, adding a rich offering to the simple and classic black acetate frame. The frame is finished with premium “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

Super Basic Ex-Voto sunglasses

 

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The dark bordeaux tone is used not only on the shiny acetate, but also on the finishing of the metal arms and bridge. This opulent color is paired with Zeiss black lenses providing superb optics.

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Second Chance Auction

Normally, after an auction here at Rennert’s we may sell a few things here and there, but the majority of the unsold lots get shipped back to their respective consignors.

This time, however, we thought we’d try something a little different: an extended week-long internet-only auction. Think Ebay but with cooler stuff.

And it’s not just crap no one wanted that’s available. There are some serious, serious gems that failed to find a home:

"Safir" by Burkhard Mangold, 1907. Starting bid: $9,000

“Safir” by Burkhard Mangold, 1907. Starting bid: $9,000

In addition to being one of the more important Swiss automotive posters, this is also just an incredible design. It’s like your weirdest dream decided to create a car ad in which some placid smoke giant hangs out in the back of my wagon while I barrel naked down an unlit highway at 2 am. I’m not saying this has happened in the real world, but at least now I can justify my inebriated behavior by blaming it on a poster.

"The Selfish Woman" by Anonymous, 1916. Starting bid: $1,200

“The Selfish Woman” by Anonymous, 1916. Starting bid: $1,200

Unusual silent film posters tend to be a good bet for getting a lot of poster for relatively little money – and this beast will definitely fill a wall. Now, I know nothing about this movie. Nothing. But the sheer fact that it shows some cutesy blonde feeding the fish/ignoring a bird over the title “The Selfish Woman” sort of tickles me. Because not sharing your crumbs with our avian friends makes you a selfish b*tch.

"Grand Cidre / Le Ruba Bleu" by Anonymous, 1935. Starting bid: $1,200

“Grand Cidre / Le Ruba Bleu” by Anonymous, 1935. Starting bid: $1,200

It’s cider season! Celebrate!

"Zum Tobisch" by Bayer-Pollock, ca. 1922. Starting bid: $1,000

“Zum Tobisch” by Bayer-Pollock, ca. 1922. Starting bid: $1,000

I’ve written about this poster before, and my feelings haven’t changed. This is the vintage incarnation of the best bar party ever.

"Kolibri Bar" by Aurel Bernath, ca. 1921. Starting bid: $1,200

“Kolibri Bar” by Aurel Bernath, ca. 1921. Starting bid: $1,200

Speaking of bar parties, who doesn’t want their evening to end with some hot chick dressed as a clown pouring champagne all over your head? I mean, this is New York City, home of the most bizarre fetishes per capita than any other US town – why not let people know you’re into cosplay, foodplay, submission, and feet?

"Hotel Stadt Wien" by Ernst Bohm, 1934. Starting bid: $1,400

“Hotel Stadt Wien” by Ernst Bohm, 1934. Starting bid: $1,400

The fact that this didn’t sell sort of makes me want to forever doubt the world’s taste in art. This poster is gorgeous, and would make anyone’s shitty apartment suddenly look like a gourmet dream palace. That, and you get to feel like you have a personal maid on call bringing you ice cream 24/7.

"Marie Brizard & Roger" by Leonetto Cappiello, 1912. Starting bid: $2,000

“Marie Brizard & Roger” by Leonetto Cappiello, 1912. Starting bid: $2,000

This is a fairly decent Cappiello, and every time you look at it at 4am – after you’ve been crying from loneliness and despair – you can pretend you have all these friends happily bringing you some feel good cocktails.

"Cafes Prima" by Ernst Dryden, 1928. Starting bid: $2,000

“Cafes Prima” by Ernst Dryden, 1928. Starting bid: $2,000

This poster is a little off-type for me, but I’m crazy about the textures involved. You’ve got some very German rendering of the figure – which is understandable given that, although it’s for a French audience & product, the artist is clearly of the deutche extraction. Then you have this burnt orange sun just dominating the background – and that’s where the texture comes in. It’s like those 1970s knit couches – that sort of nubby woven fabric. Oh, and I like coffee and you should, too.

So, you see, not everything up for grabs right now is the dregs of art history. In fact, most of it is pretty awesome.

Tune in tomorrow and I’ll showcase a few more of my favorites in our second-chance sale!

Auction Roundup with Jack Rennert

Every auction I walk around the gallery with Jack Rennert to discuss his favorite items in the upcoming sale. Below you’ll find some highlights as well as interesting insights from the man responsible for starting the Poster Craze in America.

Posterette: To cut straight to the point, what do you think are some of the stars of the September 21 auction?

Jack Rennert: Well, one always focuses of course on Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha and Cassandre – and they’re the stars of any show we do; but, I’m looking right now, for instance, at Savignac. His early works are really very hard to find, and when he went to the United States he was commissioned to do some posters for LIFE magazine. The posters themselves are entirely unavailable – they’re quite rare. And what we have here are even rarer than that: we’ve got the maquettes, the original drawings for the series. So we have some of the rarest works of one of the top 20th century French posterists.

Featuring Cappiello's "Kub," Loupot's "Valentine," and a selection of Savignac maquettes

Featuring Cappiello’s “Kub,” Loupot’s “Valentine,” and a selection of Savignac maquettes

P: One of the most impressive pieces in my mind is Cappiello’s Kub, which is currently hanging in a place of prominence in the gallery. Can you tell me more about its importance in the artist’s oeuvre?

JR: Whenever I give a talk on Cappiello, people always ask “well, of the hundreds of posters he did, which one is your favorite?” That’s a little difficult. That’s like asking which is your favorite child. Nonetheless, if pressed, I will always say it’s the Bouillon Kub. To me, it’s just a terribly compelling, forceful graphic image, and in the simplest and most colorful of terms. It really projects the product. I think it’s just brilliant. And for us to even have it – and in such good condition – is very exciting.

"Dentol" by Aleardo Terzi, 1914. Est: $12,000-$15,000

“Dentol” by Aleardo Terzi, 1914. Est: $12,000-$15,000

P: One of the other images that caught my eye was Terzi’s design for Dentol.

JR: Some posters are just about graphic appeal, and some are about utter charm. What can you say about this monkey who, while dangling from a tree branch with one hand, brushes his teeth with the other? It’s obviously attention grabbing, but I think it’s mainly appealing. And its one of the rarest and best Italian posters – so rare that this is the first time we’ve ever had it!

"To London by Sleeper" by Alexander Alexeieff, 1932. Est: $30,000-$40,000

“To London by Sleeper” by Alexander Alexeieff, 1932. Est: $30,000-$40,000

P: Known more commonly as The Night Scotsman, we also have the super-rare image by Alexeieff.

JR: Well, of course, with Alexeieff, he’s trying to show you that it’s a night train – a sleeper – so it’s very fitting that the train is not on rails, but rather in the sky. And this is the same image that was used for the other textual variant of the poster known as the Night Scotsman. That image advertised the route between London and Edinburgh, while here it is coming back from Scotland to London by was of the sleeper. It is one of the great posters of English Art Deco, and we’re exceedingly pleased to have it.

Featuring Alphonse Mucha's 1896 Seasons on silk

Featuring Alphonse Mucha’s 1896 Seasons on silk

P: I was excited when I heard that we were getting a completely unseen variant of a famous work by Mucha.

JR: When we talk about Mucha, we talk about his posters and his panels decoratifs – his decorative panels. Of all the decorative panels, there’s no question that the best, the most sought after, is the Four Seasons he did in 1896. It is the first of his seasons groupings. And we have never, ever seen or heard of it being printed on silk. When I did my catalogue raisonné on Mucha I was totally unaware of it. It’s only very recently that a copy – this copy – has come to the world’s attention. And [being on silk] really adds a certain luminosity to the lithograph – it’s just beautiful to see. The colors are sharp and rich. Sometimes silk mutes a color, but in this case it doesn’t. For instance, the hues in the Autumn panel – the auburn hair is just so very strong. So, I’m very pleased to have this set in the auction.

P: I noticed that in the addendum we have Mucha’s Gismonda as well. Isn’t that one of his most important works?

JR: In terms of importance – importance to his career – Gismonda has to be at the top of the list. This was his first real poster in France. This established his relationship with Sarah Bernhardt, which was so vital. He would go on to design not only all of her posters, but her sets, her decor, jewelry, costumes – and this was the poster that launched that career, while also doing a lot of Bernhardt. Of course, what it did for him was more important. He had to quickly design it – he maybe had two days – and it’s just magnificent.

P: As I’ve mentioned in the blog before, there’s also a relatively huge section dedicated to Fenneker in this sale. Were you excited to get such a large grouping from such a rare artist?

JR: Well, I mean, with Fenneker you get a kind of German Expressionism, sort of the dark world of theater. And the world of theater and film is what he’s all about. Very few copies were done for this small cinema – the Marmorhaus – so they’re incredibly rare. And for us to have a collection of a dozen of his best works is quite remarkable.

"Circuit de Milan" by Aldo Mazza, 1922. Est: $45,000-$50,000

P: Moving to the front of the gallery, I see a ton of automobile posters – as well as a huge classic car. If someone was only to consider one image from this section, which would you recommend?

JR: We have about 50 automobile posters that launch this auction. No question about it, the rarest, the most powerful, the most compelling graphically is Mazza’s design for the Milan race. It’s a large format poster. The colors are very, very sharp, and he really gets across the idea of speed. And nothing tells you speed like wheels coming at you. So, it’s a powerful poster, and it’s on the cover of our catalog for good reason. We also have some Monaco Grand Prix posters – the best by Falcucci and Geo Ham – as well as the Voisin poster by Charles Loupot, and some others by McKnight Kauffer. So, I think it’s a strong section on automobile posters, and there seems to be a subset of collectors who collect not only automobile posters, but specifically racing posters – and for them this is a really excellent section.

Featuring Weiluc's Le Frou-Frou

Featuring Weiluc’s Le Frou-Frou

P: In terms of Art Nouveau, is there one poster that really stands out in this sale?

JR: Oh, that would be the Frou-Frou by Weiluc. It is one of the greatest of all the Belle Epoque posters. Not too many artists really followed Toulouse-Lautrec, but one of the few was Weiluc. And when I say ‘followed’ Lautrec, I’m referring to how he was a master of using the reserve – the sheer paper – as a design element. He didn’t have to fill in every square in with color. And by Weiluc leaving the petticoat here as just paper, he is adding a great deal of appeal to the image. I love the Frou-Frou. It’s for a magazine, and it was actually meant to have a further poster attached to it at the bottom which you almost never see. We have it here and, although it’s just text, it indicates all of the great artists in each issue – some of the top illustrators of the day were being featured. You’ve got Cappiello, Bac, Guillaume, Grun, Georges Meunier, Steinlen – all of these artist who are very well known to poster collectors are here.

Featuring a selection of works by Steinlen, including his Clinique Cheron

P: One of the most dominant images in the gallery is Steinlen’s Clinique Chéron. It’s fairly rare, correct?

JR: Steinlen’s Clinique Chéron has to be one of the great posters involving animals. Of course, almost every poster of Steinlen’s involves animals, largely cats. But here we have a whole menagerie in addition to a lovely young lady – Steinlen’s daughter who he featured in so many of his posters. The image is for a veterinarian. The idea that a vet would go through such expense to do a large, two-sheet poster for his Paris practice is difficult to understand. We certainly wouldn’t see something like this today. However, I’m glad he did it, as the poster is utterly charming and extremely rare.

"Marguerite Dufay" by Louis Anquetin, 1894. Est: $5,000-$6,000

P: Finally, give me a wildcard. If you could bring any of these posters home, which would it be?

JR: Oh, that would be the Marguerite Dufay. There’s just something utterly charming. I find myself looking at her. I really would love to go to her concert tonight – obviously, I’ve missed the date somehow. She just grabs me. The idea of this well-endowed lady and her trombone – it’s bizarre but I think it’s eye catching and very, very pleasing.

Tom Wolfe: Ultimate Dandy

I think it’s safe to say that anyone with two braincells over the age of 18 knows what Tom Wolfe looks like. If you don’t, well…..sorrynotsorry.

However, while gazing upon various photos of the literary giant this morning, I discovered that not only is he one of the greatest American writers of the latter 20th century, but he’s also a fan of vintage posters:

Yep, that's Tom Wolfe

Yep, that’s Tom Wolfe

Yep, that’s Mr. Wolfe being all stylish, emulating that PKZ poster I wrote about last week:

"PKZ" by Hug Laubi, 1925. Est: $4,000-$5,000

“PKZ” by Hug Laubi, 1925. Est: $4,000-$5,000

Apparently, he took one look at Laubi’s design and was all “Wow…I dress like that guy. He should be my in-house spirit animal and remind me how awesome I am every day.”

Also, additional stalking sleuthing led me to additional photos of the Wolfe household, proving that, as of last year, he still owns this poster:

Tom Wolfe's Office, oh yeaaaaah

Tom Wolfe’s Office, oh yeaaaaah

This has been a special poster breaking news report. We now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

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