The Follow Your Bliss Mega Sale (Auction #119)
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Here we have the FIRST APPEARANCE of this incredible Chuck Berry Cardboard Poster in a public auction! The poster features The Chuck Berry Trio at the Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga on October 14th, 1955 as part of the Big Rock & Roll Show - including many additional acts of the era! 

 

This is a somewhat early issue for Chuck Berry, and the poster advertises his FIRST HIT SINGLE "Maybellene". He was still referred to as "The Chuck Berry Trio" at this time, with Johnnie Johnson on Piano and Ebby Hardy on drums. The Trio title was soon dropped within a matter of months, and Berry became the Rock 'n Roll Icon he will always be remembered as. Due to its historical significance, there is a copy of this poster hanging at the Play IT Loud exhibit in New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is now a traveling exhibition!

 

Chuck Berry material has been absolutely on fire ever since the legend's passing. Original cardboard posters are super popular and remain one of the most highly sought after type of concert memorabilia ever known. They rarely show up at public auction and when they do, they are always met with enthusiastic bidding! This early piece truly has it all. In 2016, another example of this issue reached $9,375 in another public auction. This example here is the first we've ever auctioned! 

 

Poster – The Chuck Berry Trio, Memorial Auditorium

Grade – PAE Extra Fine 63

Bands/Bill – Chuck Berry Trio, Buddy Johnson Orchestra, The Nutmegs, Spaniels, More

Venue – Memorial Auditorium

City – Chattanooga, TN

Date – 10/14/55

Dimensions – 22" x 28" 

Printing – OP-1, Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Paper Type - Cardboard

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. Heavy horizontal creases, moisture damage, soft bottom left corner. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo, to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern.

 

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

 

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

1955–Chuck Berry Trio-Memorial Auditorium Cardboard Concert Poster-FIRST PAE APPEARANCE! PAE Graded Extra Fine 631955–Chuck Berry Trio-Memorial Auditorium Cardboard Concert Poster-FIRST PAE APPEARANCE! PAE Graded Extra Fine 63
1955–Chuck Berry Trio-Memorial Auditorium Cardboard Concert Poster-FIRST PAE APPEARANCE! PAE Graded Extra Fine "63"
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $660
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
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