May CGC Rarities Sale 2019 (Auction #99)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/16/2019

Here is the chance to acquire one of the most famous and popular Grateful Dead posters of the era! This Alton Kelley design pokes fun at the D.I.Y. nature of the Carousel. The Carousel Ballroom was a short lived venture that was funded and managed by the Dead and Airplane. After they lost enough money and realized it was not their game, the space was taken over by Bill Graham, and became the Fillmore West.


Don't let the 8.5 Grade fool you. Unlike this clean poster exhibited here, other examples of this poster can be found with big tears, paper loss and pinholes from time to time. However, overall this issue is extremely hard to find, in ANY condition. 


In September 2018, a lower 7.0 graded example reached $1610 in our auction. Low availability and ultra high demand! A treasure that will bring you satisfaction with each passing year. Many collectors believe that posters graded 8.5 by CGC represent the best value in the marketplace today. See our blog dated 1/31/18 to learn why demand is currently skyrocketing!


Poster – Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom

Subtitle- AOR 2.172, Sore Thumb

Grade – CGC 8.5

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

Venue – Carousel Ballroom

City – San Francisco, CA

Date – 3/15-17/68

Dimensions – 14” x 19 15/16” 

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

Artist – Alton Kelley

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.*

1968-AOR 2.172-OP-1-Carousel Ballroom Sore Thumb Grateful Dead Concert Poster-SUPER CLEAN! CGC Graded 8.5
1968-AOR 2.172-OP-1-Carousel Ballroom "Sore Thumb" Grateful Dead Concert Poster-SUPER CLEAN! CGC Graded 8.5
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,440
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
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