Heritage’s Music Memorabilia and Concert Posters Signature Auction has a selection of graded and raw posters up for bids, and there are plenty of results to look at from PAE and Rock Posters & Collectibles. Welcome to this week’s Concert Poster Auctions update!
Currently Running Concert Poster Auctions
BG-0 Grass Roots, Quicksilver Messenger Service 1966 Fillmore Concert Poster in a CGC-Graded 9.8. According to Heritage, “This is a first-printing San Francisco concert poster advertising for the Grass Roots, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Family Tree show playing at the Fillmore Auditorium on April 22 and 23 in 1966. This piece is designed by Bonnie MacLean and is known as BG-0 in the Bill Graham numbered series. This poster measures 12 5/8″ x 18 5/8″ and was graded 9.8 Near Mint/Mint by CGC.”
A 9.8 sold for $720 in 2019 through PAE. The current high bid on this entry is $155.
Also up for bids is a first printing FD-26 Grateful Dead 1966 “Skeleton & Roses” Concert Poster CGC-Graded Near Mint Plus 9.6. This is one of the most iconic posters to pop culture, with instantly recognizable art that has crossed over into many facets of our modern entertainment culture.
“This poster was printed to advertise two nights of concerts on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, 1966 at the legendary Avalon Ballroom. “Mouse Studios 66” is credited as the artist (both Mouse and Alton Kelley), and “The Bindweed Press, San Francisco” is the printer. How seminal was this time in the Dead’s history? Well, just two weeks later their first Warner Bros. recording contract was drawn up.”
A 9.8 “Skeleton & Roses” sold in 2019 for $118,750 through Heritage and a 9.4 sold in March for $32,200 through ClassicPosters.com. The current high bid on this piece is $6,750.
One more I’m watching is a BG-45 Grateful Dead, The Doors 1967 Fillmore Concert Poster CGC-Graded 9.8. “This is a first-printing San Francisco concert poster for the Grateful Dead, the Doors, and the Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band playing at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday through Sunday nights, January 13-15, 1967. Designed by Wes Wilson, this is an extremely popular poster in the BG series due to the presence of both Jerry Garcia and Jim Morrison and Wilson’s sublime psychedelic artwork.”
There are only four 9.8s in the CGC census, with none graded higher. The current high bid rests at $115.
Flip through all of this auction’s offerings HERE.
Concert Poster Auctions: Results
PAE’s Fall Clearance Sale Closes
The latest offering from the Psychedelic Art Exchange has brought in another round of raw poster sales for us to analyze. Here are a couple that caught my eye, though the sales prices of all the pieces are definitely worth a look.
An AOR-3.39 Buffalo Springfield Earl Warren Poster sold for $131 after six bids. This exceeds this poster’s estimated sales value of between $50 and $100. This 1968 Buffalo Springfield poster featured Watts 103rd Street Band and Lewis & Clark Expedition in addition to the title band and is listed in Extra Fine condition.
A Grab Bag of 5 Family Dog First Printing Posters brought in $300, with the lot winner being the second of only two bidders. This collection of five posters included Moscoso’s beautifully psychedelic FD-51-OP-1, his FD-44-OP-1, Robert Fried’s FD-83-OP-1, Carl Lundgren’s FD-117-OP-1, and Alton Kelley/Stanley Mouse’s FD-41-OP-1. Each poster in this grab bag is a first printing original. The final sales price fell within the estimated value of $200 – $500.
An AOR-2.206 Haight Ashbury Legal First Printing Poster sold for $181 after a single bid, landing with its estimated value of $50 – $300. This 1966 poster advertised a performance featuring several bands including Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother & The Holding Company, and was created by concert poster royalty Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, and Stanley Mouse.
Take a look at all 84 sold lots HERE.
Rock Posters & Collectibles Closes Artist-Signed October Auction #5
Rock Posters & Collectibles has closed its latest auction, distributing another crop of posters out to buyers. This auction offered CGC graded and certified posters signed by the likes of, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelly, and Randy Tuten as well as raw handbills and postcards. Here are a few worth noting.
A Stanley Mouse signed BG-110 Cream 1968 Fillmore Auditorium poster in Very Good condition, despite tack holes and much toning on almost 50% of the right side of the poster, sold for $337 after a total of 27 bids.
An FD-23 – Captain Beefheart – 1966 Poster signed by Stanley Mouse listed as very good condition sold for $451 after 30 bids. It advertised a concert that took place on August 26 & 27, 1966 featuring Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band in the Avalon Ballroom.
Graded copies of this postcard have seen prices over $1,000 over the last few years, with a 9.8 selling for $2,76o at auction last September.
This auction opened for bidding on Saturday, October 9th, and closed on Sunday, October 17th, 2021, at 5 PM PST. Check out all the results HERE.