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This original first printing issue is one of the most sought after, desirable and valuable of all Grateful Dead posters, and we are pleased to offer the FIRST CGC Graded specimen to appear in any public auction! This beautifully weird artwork from the hand of legendary artist Lee Conklin, must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Lettering and imagery that just intensely screams psychedelia to any and all who dare to view it. There is a reason that "The Art of Rock" devotes almost an entire page to this poster by itself!

Nicknamed by collectors as the “Ear Head” poster, it advertises shows by the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna that were held at the Veterans Auditorium in Santa Rosa, and one at The Barn, Rio Nido California in 1969. Hot Tuna features Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, and they still perform majestic sets of music even to this day! The Dead set from June 27th contained a beautiful 25 minute “Dark Star” and has been a celebrated audio recording by fans for decades.

Of all the designs Lee Conklin produced for The Barn venue in 1969, this Grateful Dead poster is by far the most popular. Don’t let the condition grade fool you. This poster is hunted extensively by collectors, and VERY SELDOM surfaces in public auctions, in ANY condition!  This example here, being the first CGC certified and authenticated example to ever be offered to the collecting community, is sure to stir bidding from those waiting patiently for one to finally be available. 

Poster – The Barn, Veteran's Memorial, Hot Tuna, GD

Grade – CGC 5.5

Bands/Bill – Hot Tuna, The Grateful Dead, Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band

Venue – Veteran's Memorial Hall & The Barn

City – Santa Rosa & Rio Nido, CA

Date – 6/27-29-69

Dimensions – 13 7/8” x 21”

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

Artist – Lee Conklin

Paper Type – Index

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. Multiple pins holes each corner, ink loss in the “E” in dead. 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 2.329-OP-1-Veteran's Memorial-The Barn-Hot Tuna-Grateful Dead Concert Poster-FIRST CERTIFIED EXAMPLE! CGC Graded 5.5
1969–AOR 2.329-OP-1-Veteran's Memorial-The Barn-Hot Tuna-Grateful Dead Concert Poster-FIRST CERTIFIED EXAMPLE! CGC Graded 5.5
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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