NEW YORK CITY, NY (CBS/WCBS) - For the first time in nearly a century, the Sachs poster collection, stolen by Nazis in 1938, will be displayed for media preview.

Approximately 4,000 posters returned to the collector's son nearly 75 years later to be sold by Guernsey's Auction House.

For the first time in nearly a century, Guernsey's Auction House will be offering a preview of Dr. Hans Sachs extraordinary collection of rare posters, which was stolen by the Nazis in 1938.

The items will be available for media preview on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only at Arader Galleries at 1016 Madison Avenue.

The Hans Sachs poster collection is universally described as being the most significant collection of its type in existence and will be auctioned by Guernsey's Auction House on Jan. 18-20, 2013.

In the last years of the nineteenth century, Hans Sachs, then a young German Jewish student, was fascinated by the strong graphics utilized in promotional posters. Sachs amassed an extensive collection of posters that were seized by the Nazis in 1938, but a portion of the collection was recently returned to the owner's son by order of a German court.

Guernsey's Auction House is known for such extraordinary events as the Dick Clark, John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, and Mickey Mantle auctions.

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