In 1923, the Bauhaus school of design held its first major exhibition to show the world—and those funding it—what it had been up to since opening its doors four years earlier. The landmark event helped signal a shift in the arts world from crafts to industry, and to publicize it, Bauhaus students and masters designed 20 postcard invitations to be sent to influential people all across Europe.
New York's Museum of Modern Art recently acquired a rare complete set of these vintage Bauhaus missives, which offer snapshots of the work done at the school during its earliest years, just as it was beginning to focus on architectural practice.
A postcard bearing a signed drawing by Picasso fetched a record $188,000 (166,000 euros) at auction on Saturday, the Gaertner auction house in southern Germany announced. The sales set a "world record for a postcard", the auction house in Bietigheim-Bissingen said in a statement.