Oct 26, 2017 - Sale 2459

Sale 2459 - Lot 226

Price Realized: $ 5,980
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
DAVID KLEIN (1918-2005) NEW YORK / FLY TWA. Circa 1960.
40 1/4x24 1/2 inches, 102 1/4x62 1/4 cm.
Condition B+: restored loss in lower left corner; restoration along repaired tears and creases at edges, some affecting image; restoration and creases along vertical and horizontal folds.
A bright, abstract, kaleidoscopic view of Times Square, with its billboards, lights, traffic, energy and excitement depicted in Day-Glo, electric colors that further convey the visual splendor of the city. Originally issued in 1956, the poster featured a detailed image of a TWA Constellation. The image was so popular that the airline reused it when it fully entered the Jet Age, changing the image to feature the silhouette of a jet plane. One year after it was first issued, a copy of this poster was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. Klein was a painter, illustrator and a graphic designer who is best remembered for the exceptional series of images he designed for Trans World Airlines beginning in the mid-1960s. He also designed theater and movie posters, and in the 1970s, created five posters for Amtrak. This is the larger format. Metzl p. 166 (var), Airways p. 148 (var), MoMA 329.1957.