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Lot 49: Cycles Gladiator. ca. 1895
November 18, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 54 3/4 x 39 5/8 in./139 x 100 cm Imp. G. Massias, Paris Arguably the most famous of all bicycle posters, this image of a redheaded sylph being propelled through the sky by the unparalleled speed of her Gladiator cycle appears on everything in contemporary culture from wine labels to our company’s blog. And yet the design itself remains uncredited, despite the presence of the faint initials L.W. in the lower right corner. A lithographic masterpiece.
Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.
Dimensions: 54 3/4 x 39 5/8 in./139 x 100 cm
Artist or Maker: ANONYMOUS