November Mega Sale 2019 (Auction #109)
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This HIGH GRADE, original 1954 handbill from the legendary Open Door Jazz Club in New York is the FIRST specimen of this issue we’ve ever featured in our auction. Top jazz icon, the one and only Charlie Parker, headlined this concert, held on May 9th. Material featuring the great Charlie Parker from this early era in history seldom surfaces for collectors, especially in the TOP QUALITY condition!


Another important aspect in this piece is the concert took place less than a year before Charlie Parker’s untimely passing. Although he performed many brilliant concerts and studio recordings during his later years, Parker was riddled with mental health problems and heroin addiction. Two months before this show, his 3-year-old daughter Pree died suddenly and unexpectedly. He attempted suicide twice afterwards, which landed him in mental hospitals. Nevertheless, his impact on modern music was clearly undeniable. Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker". 


Handbill – Charlie Parker, The Open Door

Grade – PAE Mint 95

Bands/Bill – Charlie Parker and his all stars

Venue – The Open Door

City – New York, NY

Date – 5/9/1954

Dimensions – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Printing – OHB-A, Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Condition Details - Superb Museum Quality with no visible flaws of any kind. No nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes! 100% Original with no restoration. Tiny light pencil mark bottom right corner.


*****This handbill is available for inspection at our gallery, by appointment. *****


*A 20% Buyers Premium will be added to the final hammer price of this lot.*

1954–The Open Door-CHARLIE PARKER Concert Handbill-MINT CONDITION LEGENDARY JAZZ RELIC! PAE Graded Mint “95”
1954–The Open Door-CHARLIE PARKER Concert Handbill-MINT CONDITION LEGENDARY JAZZ RELIC! PAE Graded Mint “95”
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $600
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
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