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[1955 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz Victory Poster]

850.00
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[1955 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz Victory Poster]

850.00

An uncommon large, french language variant of the Anton Stankowski designed 1955 Mercedes Victory Poster for the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, won by factory team driver Juan M. Fangio. Mercedes racing posters, designed by some of the giants of the medium like Friedrich Karl Leibach, Theo Matejko, Walter Goschke and Hans Liska, have long been darlings of the 20th Century market with this bold design by Anton Stankowski (1906-1998) no exception. 

Tragically, the 1955 race at LeMans saw an accident kill more than 80 spectators when a car went airborne and into the crowd, causing Mercedes to abruptly withdrawla from Grand Prix competition completely, bringing an end to its heralded series of racing posters.


These radical Stankowski designs from the 1955 season are most often found in the more diminutive, handbill variety with these larger variants scarce. We note a similar print, for the '55 Italian Grand Prix realizing 750GBP (approximately $1200USD) at a Christie's sale in 2011. 

[STANKOWSKI, Anton] : [Posters] : [Grand Prix Racing]. [1955 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz Victory Poster]. Germany: [Mercedes-Benz], (1955). Screen sprint and photo-offset poster. Approximately 33 3/8" x 23 1/4." Mildest of stress about edges. Overall about near fine.

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An uncommon large, french language variant of the Anton Stankowski designed 1955 Mercedes Victory Poster for the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, won by factory team driver Juan M. Fangio. Mercedes racing posters, designed by some of the giants of the medium like Friedrich Karl Leibach, Theo Matejko, Walter Goschke and Hans Liska, have long been darlings of the 20th Century market with this bold design by Anton Stankowski (1906-1998) no exception. 

Tragically, the 1955 race at LeMans saw an accident kill more than 80 spectators when a car went airborne and into the crowd, causing Mercedes to abruptly withdrawla from Grand Prix competition completely, bringing an end to its heralded series of racing posters.


These radical Stankowski designs from the 1955 season are most often found in the more diminutive, handbill variety with these larger variants scarce. We note a similar print, for the '55 Italian Grand Prix realizing 750GBP (approximately $1200USD) at a Christie's sale in 2011. 

[STANKOWSKI, Anton] : [Posters] : [Grand Prix Racing]. [1955 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz Victory Poster]. Germany: [Mercedes-Benz], (1955). Screen sprint and photo-offset poster. Approximately 33 3/8" x 23 1/4." Mildest of stress about edges. Overall about near fine.