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The Nation - News from May 8, 1989

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A mint-condition example of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1891 music hall poster “Moulin Rouge” set a world poster auction record of $220,000 during a $1.2-million auction of 540 rare posters in New York. The 30-square-foot lithograph was sold to an American private collector who asked to remain anonymous. The previous world auction record for a poster was $95,000 paid in 1987 for another example of “Moulin Rouge” in Paris. The poster, advertising “concert and dancing every night,” shows the popular entertainer La Goulue--”The Glutton”--dancing the can-can.

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