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This poster is signed in pencil by the artist, Richard A. Lyon!


An ultra-scarce issue, from a run of very early & special shows the Grateful Dead played at the legendary Matrix in late 66! This is the FIRST SIGNED example of this original first printing poster to ever appear in our auction! The bizarre drawings were originally designed by Heinrich Kley, a late 19th Century German illustrator, editorial illustrator and painter. Artist Richard A. Lyon created the lettering and overall design of the poster, while incorporating the Kley drawings into the work. Lyon also produced a Moby Grape poster for the Matrix the same year - as well as a Big Brother one - both with similar lettering and a different set of drawings he utilized by Heinrich Kley into the compositions. 


Early Grateful Dead posters are long lost treasures, and their shows at the Matrix were special. The soundboard recording circulates from the final night of the run and is a classic among collectors as an early Dead favorite. There is a wonderful expanded 15 minute version of “Viola Lee Blues” from the 12/1 show, along with Jerry’s historical statement in-between songs: “This is the last set of our last appearance on a Thursday at the Matrix”, giving the hint that the venue was closing soon.  


We at PAE have rarely seen this poster come through our doors, and this is the first SIGNED by the artist we've ever offered! Issues from the Matrix were printed in extremely low quantites. Always in top demand in ANY condition, this poster represents a special opportunity for the historic Dead material collector. The Matrix was a tiny club that held just 150. How many original first printing posters could they have possibly produced? An amazing collectible! Read our blog dated 1/20/18 where we discuss the skyrocketing demand for signed material such as this lot.


Poster – Grateful Dead at the Matrix! 

Grade – CGC 4.5

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Jerry Pond

Venue – The Matrix

City – San Francisco, CA

Date – 11/28 – 12/1/1966

Dimensions – 14 7/8 X 17 ¼”

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

Artist – Richard A. Lyon, Heinrich Kley

A.O.R. #2.108

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. 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.*

1966-AOR 2.108–OP-1-Grateful Dead-The Matrix Concert Poster-SIGNED Richard Lyon! CGC Graded 4.5
1966-AOR 2.108–OP-1-Grateful Dead-The Matrix Concert Poster-SIGNED Richard Lyon! CGC Graded 4.5
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,320
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
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