April Mega Sale (Auction #133)
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We're pleased to offer the collecting community this ultra rare Grateful Dead poster - ONLY THE THIRD EXAMPLE to ever appear in our auction. 


Many a big time collector has lusted after the Peace Rock posters, they've always been perceived as important. What makes this piece BIG, is of course that it is a VERY rare piece of Grateful Dead. The Charlatans and Great Society really round out this piece as being an early Bay Area music classic. 


This poster truly has one foot in the past and one foot in the future. Peter Bailey may have done the calligraphy on this one, but it also looks like a collaboration with someone else, as the large more primitive and very cool lettering at center and bottom, doesn’t appear to be Peter’s which was “Zen Calligraphy neat”. The great early peace signs are totally cool. We don’t know the exact evolution of the peace sign per se but this is before the convention became sort of universal. 


It’s very 50’s looking especially with the Russ "The Moose" Syracuse MC image and his “hep DJ” look, and it’s a union printed poster. There was a great degree of cooperation between some of the union printers and the politicos... the unions and democrats being super pro-labor at that point, almost communist in ideology.


The highly overused term "rare", actually applies to this piece. Probably just a handful of these survived, and this one is in excellent condition. We have heard whispers of 2 or 3 specimens that have quietly traded privately among elite collectors over the past 50 years. In May two years ago, another example in lesser quality condition reached $6000 in our auction. That example was the first we had ever seen surface in a public auction, from the Early '66 Time Capsule Collection.


Poster – Peace Rock III

Grade – PAE Excellent 77

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Charlatans, Great Society, Billy Moses

Venue – Harmon Gym, Univ Cal

City – Berkeley, CA

Date – 5/7/66

Dimensions – 14” x 22”

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

Series/Promoter – Democratic Congressional Candidates

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. 4 sets of staple pulls, hard horizontal crease in the middle, age appropriate toning. 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–The Grateful Dead-Harmon Gymnasium-Peace Rock III Concert Poster-EXTREMELY SCARCE! PAE Graded Excellent “77”1966–The Grateful Dead-Harmon Gymnasium-Peace Rock III Concert Poster-EXTREMELY SCARCE! PAE Graded Excellent “77”
1966–The Grateful Dead-Harmon Gymnasium-Peace Rock III Concert Poster-EXTREMELY SCARCE! PAE Graded Excellent “77”
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,800
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
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