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This poster is signed in black ink by the artist, the late great Rick Griffin!


Rick Griffin's Masterpiece “Aoxomoxoa” is one of the most requested Grateful Dead designs of all time. 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. This popular poster has been reprinted twice, this edition being the first reprint produced in 1976.  


During summer of 1976, a retrospective of Rick Griffin's artwork was held in London at The Roundhouse. Griffin took the original printing plates with him to England, and oversaw printer James Haworth produce a numbered, limited edition Aoxomoxoa run of 3,000. They were humorously presented as "Alcock & Dicks Trading Co" in the lower left corner (as an obvious nod to the imagery), and labeled "1976 European Limited Edition". This example here is numbered "0078". 


Signed, Original First Printings of this poster can bring several thousands of dollars. This SIGNED second printing represents a more affordable way to acquire this fantastic and world famous work of art, with a beautiful signature by the late great artist! This is the FIRST CGC Graded example of the 1976 Limited Edition issue we have ever auctioned!


Poster - Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa

Grade – CGC 4.5

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 – 22” x 26 1/2”

Printing - RP-2, Second Printing, 1976 European Edition

Artist - Rick Griffin 

A.O.R # 2.24

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. Extreme wavyness, moisture damage, creases, handling, slightly trimmed on right edge (paper loss). 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-RP-2-Avalon Ballroom-Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Poster-SIGNED Griffin! European Edition Printing-CGC Graded 4.5
1969–AOR 2.24-RP-2-Avalon Ballroom-Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Poster-SIGNED Griffin! European Edition Printing-CGC Graded 4.5
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