Gems up for Bids in San Francisco Rock Posters’ Fall Auction!

by Sarah Thomas
111022B-1024x536 Gems up for Bids in San Francisco Rock Posters' Fall Auction!San Francisco Rock Posters & Collectibles is excited to announce their Fall Auction! This month, they’ll present another fine auction with a unique selection of very rare and iconic posters, handbills, and more, featuring The Grateful Dead, Cream, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, CGC Graded, Artist Signed, Handbills, and more! Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights.

*Item descriptions courtesy of SF Rock Posters & Collectibles;

FD-26 – Grateful Dead – Skeleton & Roses – 1st Print 1966 Poster – Avalon Ballroom – Very Good

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Offered here is one of the most highly sought-after original first-printing posters in the world of psychedelic art collecting. It is the 26th and most famous image in the Family Dog series and is known as Skeleton & Roses. It features the Grateful Dead and Oxford Circle (precursor to Blue Cheer) playing the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on Sept. 16-17, 1966.

The original first printing poster was printed on vellum and is approximately 14” x 20”. It’s in very good with wear and tear along the middle right edge, missing lower right corner tip, pinholes in the corners, and top center. The colors are still well-saturated. Here is your chance to own a first printing of what is perhaps one of the most iconic psychedelic poster images from the 1960s.

BG-68 – The Who – 1967 Poster – Fillmore Auditorium – CGC Graded 9.8

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This concert was headlined by The Who, accompanied by second band, Loading Zone for shows at the Fillmore on June 16-17, 1967. Graphic artist Bonnie MacLean really delivered on this iconic psychedelic image, graded 9.8 by CGC.

Janis Joplin & Her Band – Stevie Nicks – 1970 Poster – San Jose – Good

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This poster advertises a show headlined by Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band, with second band Southwind and third band Fritz ( with Stevie Nicks and Lindsy Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac) on July 12, 1970 at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA.

This poster is in good condition and measures 17 1’4″ x 22″, it’s printed on thin glossy paper. There is handling, toning and the bottom left corner is missing paper, the bottom center has three small bits of paper missing and there are two small pieces missing in the bottom right.

BG-82 – The Byrds – Color Variant – 1967 Poster – Fillmore Auditorium – Excellent

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A very rare, original BG-82 poster features the Byrds, the Loading Zone, and others. Dated September 7-9, 1967. Held at the Fillmore Auditorium. Design by Jim Blashfield. This poster has purple ink instead of orange. This is the only example of this color scheme we have seen or heard of. This poster could be the only one that exists. Measures 14 1/8″ X 21″. Condition-Excellent with staple holes in the corners and tape pulls on the reverse. 

FD-1-OHB-A – Jefferson Airplane – Big Brother – 1966 Handbill – Fillmore Auditorium – CGC Graded 9.8

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We are pleased to offer the first handbill in the Family Dog series. It was used to advertise the first Family Dog Show held at the Fillmore on February 19, 1966, less than a month after the Trips Festival. The image was designed by Chet Helms, founder & promoter of the Avalon Ballroom, along with artist, Wes Wilson.

Note that this show was held at the Fillmore Auditorium. The Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother & the Holding Company provided the entertainment. This is the white version, known as FD-1- OHB – A. It’s CGC Graded 9.8. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!


The Beatles – John Lennon – 1967 Look Magazine – Linen Backed Poster – Richard Avedon – Near Mint

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We’re pleased to offer this iconic image of the late John Lennon. The poster was part of a 5 poster Beatles set designed by fashion photographer, Richard Avedon. The posters were commissioned by The Beatles publishing/management company, NEMS. They were published in the U.S., England, Germany & Japan.

This is the Look Magazine poster. It is larger and rarer than the Stern version. The poster is printed on a thin glossy stock and has been professionally & beautifully linen backed. It’s impressive. It measures 33 ½” x 24 ½”. The condition is near mint. Great opportunity to score this pop culture icon!

AOR 2.193 – Grateful Dead – Longshoremen’s Hall – 1966 Poster – Excellent

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Offered here is a very rare original concert poster for the Grateful Dead. This event, held at Longshoremen’s Hall on April 19, 1966, was an anti-war benefit called “The Week Of Angry Arts”. The bands that performed were Sopwith Camel, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Co., and Country Joe & the Fish.

The Grateful Dead appear to be a late addition to the line-up as they are included only by a sticker that is attached in the upper right corner! On the rare occasion that one of these posters turns up, the fifty-six-year-old glue backing dries up, and the decal has long fallen off and is lost. But not this one. Pictured in the Art of Rock book on page 188 plate 2.193. Measures 17 1/2″ X 22 1/2″. Condition-Excellent. Has pinholes in the top corners and top center. Also handling. Rare.

AUCTION – BG-117 – Albert King – Mari Tepper Signed – 1968 Poster – Winterland – CGC Graded 9.8

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Here’s a unique one, to say the least. This poster was printed only once and measures 13 7/8″ x 21.″ It advertises a show featuring headline band Albert King, along with second band Electric Flag American Music Band and third band, Collectors. They played at the Winterland venue on April 25, 1968.

This poster is signed by Graphic Artist Mari Tepper and holds a CGC Signature Series grade of 9.8!

AOR 2.326 – Grateful Dead Bola Sete – 1966 Handbill – Mt. Tamalpais Amphitheater – Very Good

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Here is one of our favorites, with the Grateful Dead and Bola Sete on October 8, 1966, at the Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater. Here is Winnie the Pooh and his pal, Piglet, with Pooh carrying a kilo in his arm and Piglet blowing a hit of smoke as they stroll off into the sunset. A classic Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley handbill!

It’s in excellent condition with toning and a single tack hole in each corner. The original handbill was printed on yellow stock and measures approximately 8½” x 11”.

BG-23 – Grateful Dead – 1966 Poster – Fillmore Auditorium – CGC Graded 9.6

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With headliners Jefferson Airplane and second band Grateful Dead, need we say anything more? This poster advertised shows at Fillmore Auditorium on August 12-13, 1966. Graphic Artist: Wes Wilson. Photographer: Herb Greene. CGC Graded 9.6

The original poster was printed on a coarse white stock and measures approximately 14¼″ x 20″.  Original posters have“Wes Wilson ’66” in the background below “Aug. 13.”

BGP-73 – Prince – 1993 Poster – Bill Graham Civic – CGC Graded 9.8

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It’s Prince, baby. Here are the stats:

Headline Band: Prince and The Power Generation
Venue: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Graphic Artist: Arlene Owseichik & Jeff Lockhart
Date: April 10, 1993
CGC Graded 9.8

This original poster was printed on white stock and measures approximately 13″ x 19.

This auction will be open for bidding on Saturday, September 12th, and all Lots begin closing on Sunday, September 20th, 2022 at 5 pm PST! Check out all the entries up for bids here!

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