Allen Jones Olympic art on sale

Allen Jones was one of 29 artists commissioned to produce posters for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The original painting for his poster is to go on sale next month

Allen Jones was one of 29 artists commissioned to produce posters for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The original preparatory painting for his poster is to go on sale next month

In the run-up to the 1972 Games, the Organising Committee decided to commission a series of Artist Posters to “represent the intertwining of sports and art worldwide”. Sales of the posters, which were produced in various editions, made over 2 million Deutschmarks for the Committee. Jones’ original preparatory painting for his contribution (below) is to go on sale at Bonhams on March 16 as part of its Vision 21 auction. Estimate: £7,000 to £9,000.

 

Here’s how the final poster looked

 

Other artists invited to contribute included Josef Albers

Max Bill

And David Hockney

Most of them are available to buy here

The Vision 21 sale has some interesting stuff including this Eduardo Paolozzi elephant-shaped plastic box made in 1972 for Nairn Floors as a promotional item (estimate £600-£800)

this Eine print

some of Bert Stern’s iconic Marilyn shots, a few Warhols, Shepard Fairey’s (in)famous Obama posters and a host of Banksy prints. See the catalogue here

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