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For the week of Dec. 29, 1999 through Jan. 4, 2000

High art in vintage ski posters

Exhibit and benefit at Heritage and Ski Museum

Express Staff Writer

Engelberg vintage ski posterIf there is a Pokemon or a Harry Potter of the art world right now, it is vintage ski posters, according to private art dealer Kelley Allen.

Allen, who lives in Seattle, began collecting the vintage posters last year at the Christie’s annual ski sale in London. There, the posters quadrupled anticipated values and fetched as much as $10,000, Allen said.

Allen is exhibiting her collection of the rare, original posters at the Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum in Ketchum through Jan. 2.

The posters, which generally advertise ski events—such as the 1936 Olympics, European ski resorts and ski equipment—were created by European master painters at the turn of the century.

"The artists are incredibly talented," Allen said. "They’re not just commercial pieces. They’re works of art."

Allen said she was delighted to show her collection of vintage ski posters at the Heritage and Ski Museum because the museum building and its mission are "the essence of Sun Valley."

"The museum is the catalyst behind preserving the character of Sun valley and Ketchum," she said.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of ski posters will be donated to the museum, Allen said.

The museum, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and First Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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