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Odessa, by an unknown designer, circa 1935. Estimate $1,500 to $2,000.<br />
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A collection of rare posters attempting to lure tourists into unlikely holidays behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union have emerged for sale.<br />
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The art deco-style posters were made in the 1930s by Intourist, the official state travel agency founded by communist dictator Joseph Stalin and staffed by NKVD and KGB officers.<br />
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The visually stunning posters advertise more obvious destinations such as Moscow and Leningrad, but also further flung places like Odessa in the Ukraine, Crimea and Armenia.<br />
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Experts say Soviet-era art deco posters are now as sought after as their European counterparts - and the collection is tipped to fetch $25,000 - around £16,000 - when it goes under the hammer at Swann Galleries auction house on behalf of a private collector.