May CGC Rarities Sale 2019 (Auction #99)
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Rick Griffins Masterpiece “Aoxomoxoa” is one of the most beautiful and requested Grateful Dead posters of all time. This is only the second CGC graded example of this large, ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING poster, with NO RESTORATION, to ever appear in our auction! The image was created for a 1969 Avalon Ballroom performance by the Dead and was soon thereafter appropriated by the band as cover art for their third LP. 

 

It's only fitting that one of Griffin's finest works was for one of the most beloved groups of all time... The Grateful Dead. There are plenty of mindblowing posters that were created for run of the mill bands. And there is an equal number of run of the mill posters created for great bands. But there are precious few superlative posters that were created for legendary bands. This poster, obviously, is THE DEFINITION of a World Class poster for a World Class band.

 

Earlier this year, a 9.6 graded example reached a record setting high water mark of $10,800 in our auction. This super clean example here should give the winning bidder a sky high feeling without breaking the bank. 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, Aoxomoxoa

Grade – CGC 8.5

Series/Promoter – Soundproof Productions

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Sons of Champlin, Initial Shock

Venue – Avalon Ballroom

City – San Francisco, California

Date – 1/24-26/1969

Dimensions – 21 27/32" x 26 3/16"

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

Artist – Rick Griffin 

A.O.R # 2.24

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. Ink loss bottom right corner, crease bottom left corner, tiny crease upper left corner, crease next to "G" in grateful that breaks the ink. 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.*

1969-AOR 2.24-OP-1-Avalon Ballroom-Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Concert Poster-ICONIC & CHERISHED! CGC Graded 8.5
1969-AOR 2.24-OP-1-Avalon Ballroom-Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Concert Poster-ICONIC & CHERISHED! CGC Graded 8.5
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,160
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
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