November CGC Sale (Auction #126)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/19/2020

This lot represents only the third CGC Graded example of this Rick Griffin masterpiece (and certainly the FINEST QUALITY Certified example) to appear in our auction! It's safe to say, everyone LOVES this poster! After the Family Dog ended their tenure at the Avalon Ballroom, a production company named Sound Proof Productions began hosting shows at the venue. Soundproof enlisted the talents of artist Rick Griffin for this beautiful poster art.


The partnership left three incredible pieces of Griffin artwork for collectors to acquire. The most noteworthy was the famous Aoxomoxoa poster, but there were two other wonderful Griffin sleepers, this being one of them. This poster was for a performance by the Youngbloods at the Avalon. The design borrows symbols that were repeatedly used in Griffin's creations. The Hopi Indian Mask and The Flying Eye both make an appearance in this very overlooked Griffin Poster. 


This first printing issue seldom surfaces at public auction in decent condition. We've only seen a handful pop up from time to time over the past decade, and when they do, they suffer from pin holes and paper loss. Another CGC graded example of this original poster we've handled was in much lower 4.5 graded condition. This specimen here exhibits rich, bright & bold colors. In any other collectibles market this poster would be worth many multiples of previously sold examples. It will be interesting to see what premium the market attaches to this superior example now. Also worthy of note: in March 2011, a non-CGC graded example described as MINT brought $2008 in our auction. 


Poster – Youngbloods, Avalon Ballroom

Grade – CGC 8.5

Bands/Bill – Youngbloods, Lee Michaels, Screamin Jay Hawkins

Venue – Avalon Ballroom

City – San Francisco, CA

Date – 2/7-9/69

Dimensions – 14” x 21 25/32”

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

Artist – Rick Griffin

AOR #2.22

Series/Promoter – Sound Proof Productions

Paper Type – Coated index

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.*

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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,680
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
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