Results: Design on the Move

Vintage Shell Posters

Selected Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection

We are delighted that every poster in the Design on the Move auction sold for a total of £60,000, benefitting the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu.

The posters, (duplicates from the Shell collection) were 2ft 6in x 3ft 9in. (76cm x 1.14m) ‘lorry bills’ which were attached to the sides and backs of Shell delivery vehicles. They included posters from some of Shells most celebrated inter-war advertising campaigns that chose to promote not only petrol and oil but also the pleasures of motoring. Commissioned by Jack Beddington, who had a keen eye for young talent, the list of artists who contributed included Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash with styles ranging from Vorticism to Surrealism. Leading the sale at £4,250 was John Stewart Anderson’s ‘machine age’ design Motorists Prefer Shell. Ben Nicholson’s Guardsmen Use Shell took £3,000 while Graham Sutherland’s Brigham Rock, Yorkshire sold at £2,750.(Prices include buyer’s premium)



Nicky Balfour- Penney, Curator at Shell Heritage Art Collection said:

“I’m delighted with the success of the auction, which really exceeded expectations. The amount raised will be a fantastic contribution to the brilliant work and fund-raising of the National Motor Museum Trust.”

Join Nicky Balfour Penney as she introduces us to the Posters from The Shell Heritage Art Collection – delving into the history of the collection and highlighting key works by iconic artists:


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