The CGC Spectacular Spring Sale (Auction #132)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/8/2021
The "Trip or Freak" is a rare collaboration between three of the most prolific, and talented artists of the era: Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley. The image was designed for a 1967 Halloween show at Winterland which featured The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and Quicksilver Messenger Service. It's one of the MOST enduring images from the late 60's!

The central image is of Lon Chaney in his role in the 1925 American classic silent film "Phantom of The Opera". The background rows is the same image repeated to give the appearance of blotter acid. The script at the top reads “Trip or Freak” and upon close inspection reveals a hidden image of a bare breasted, dancing woman. Rick inadvertently misspelled "Quicksilver" as "Quiksilver", a humorous example of being a bit too "quick", typical of Gemini thinking at times. 

The poster for this issue seldom surfaces at public auction or even in private trades, and when it does it always generates lots of attention. This handbill is also difficult to find, and this First Printing, SUPERB Museum Quality Condition example here is of high caliber - shining a bright 9.8 grade by CGC!

Handbill – Trip or Freak
Grade – CGC 9.8
Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service
Venue – Winterland
City – San Francisco, California
Date – 10/31/67
Dimensions – 3 3/4” x 7”
Printing – Original Pre-Concert First Printing
Artist – Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin and Alton Kelley
Condition details – Superb Museum Quality that is unimprovable in every way. Of course, there are no nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes! 100% Original with no restoration.

*****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.*
1967-AOR 2.183-OHB-A-Grateful Dead-Trip or Freak! Winterland Concert Handbill-HIGH QUALITY CONDITION! CGC Graded 9.81967-AOR 2.183-OHB-A-Grateful Dead-Trip or Freak! Winterland Concert Handbill-HIGH QUALITY CONDITION! CGC Graded 9.8
1967-AOR 2.183-OHB-A-Grateful Dead-Trip or Freak! Winterland Concert Handbill-HIGH QUALITY CONDITION! CGC Graded 9.8
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $960
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
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