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When it comes to music memorabilia, most experts agree that there is The Beatles...and then everyone else.

That's why, when you open up the Art of Rock book, staring you right in the face, before the preface, before the introduction, before the title page, is a full page picture of THIS POSTER! 

The fact that the creators of Art of Rock chose THIS POSTER to be the very first image, on the very first page, set aside all by itself, when they had several hundred images to choose from, tells you everything you need to know about the historical importance of this issue.

This poster marks the Beatles at the height of their powers. By this point in 1965, Manager Brian Epstein had secured their place in of music history, forever changing their lives and the world.

The Beatles already had 2 United States tours under their belt, and their new album “Help!” had come out just two weeks prior.

Many Beatles fans are very familiar with this famous concert for several reasons. 1) The 12 song set was one of the first major stadium concerts. 2) It was the first show on the band’s 1965 North American Tour, and without question the highlight of the tour. There were over 55,600 fans in attendance. 3) It was the largest Beatles concert up to that point. "Beatlemania" was at its peak causing John Lennon to proclaim "Shea Stadium...I Saw The Top Of The Mountain." 

The editors of Art of Rock are not the only experts to designate this concert as historically important...

The officially released "Anthology 2" album contains a recording of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" from this show. And a fifty-minute-long documentary of the concert was filmed and released by Ed Sullivan Productions. The film contains images of many fans crying, screaming, and even fainting. Many of them were young girls. The security guards were covering their ears due to all the noise from the audience. 

We constantly receive requests for this poster from collectors across the globe, and it very seldom turns up in public auctions. This is the very FIRST CGC graded example to ever appear at public auction. It is also the very FIRST example we have ever handled. The high watermark for this issue is $11,250 which was realized over 6 years ago in December 2012. That specimen was cataloged as being in "Fair Condition with Stains", and as stated above, was NOT independently authenticated or graded by CGC. This specimen here, which is super clean and super strictly graded (see details below and high res photo), is clearly superior. As such, and given the worldwide demand for this historic issue, estimating a value can be very difficult.

We will be watching, along with the rest of the collectibles world to see what value the market assigns to this spectacular piece of music history at this time.

Poster – The Beatles, Shea Stadium 1965

Grade – CGC 7.5

Bands/Bill – The Beatles

Venue – Shea Stadium

City – New York, NY

Date – 8/15/65

Dimensions – 10 7/8” x17"

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

Series/Promoter – Sid Bernstein Enterprises

Paper Type - Cardboard

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. Super clean and strictly graded! No nicks, cuts, tears of pinholes! Upper right corner bump, a few small areas of discoloration, tape pulls on reverse keep this from a higher grade. 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 6:00pm 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.*

1965-AOR 2-A-OP-1-Shea Stadium-The Beatles Cardboard Concert Poster-HISTORIC MUSEUM PIECE! FIRST CGC PUBLIC AUCTION! ULTRA RARE!!! CGC Graded 7.5
1965-AOR 2-A-OP-1-Shea Stadium-The Beatles Cardboard Concert Poster-HISTORIC MUSEUM PIECE! FIRST CGC PUBLIC AUCTION! ULTRA RARE!!! CGC Graded 7.5
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
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