The first world war is over and the economic boom of the roaring twenties has taken hold of the world’s most lively cities.
The jazz halls are swinging, full of revellers dancing away those post-war blues.
The modern style of art deco has hit the scene, with its bold industrialised forms that capture the public vision of the future.
Colour has enlivened the cinema screens and Disney’s Steamboat Willie sees the debut of Mickey Mouse.
The 1920’s was a special time for much of the world, with the public experiencing a sense of rejuvenation following the Great War. But what has this got to do with collectibles? you ask.
Nothing epitomises the roaring twenties more than F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a novel that perfectly encapsulates the excesses of the period. In 2013, a film of the book (starring Leonardo Di Caprio) will be released, and is sure to see the public clamouring for everything from vintage flapper dresses and movie memorabilia to jazz collectibles and art deco furniture.
And the market is already picking up. Today (November 14) saw a Chiparus sculpture of the Dolly Sisters – the legendary performing twins of the 1920s – sell for £277,250, making a huge increase on its £200,000 high estimate.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a signed photograph from the creator of the interwar period’s finest jazz standards, George Gershwin, for those that want to stay ahead of the ever-moving market.