November CGC Sale (Auction #126)
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Only the second CGC graded example of this Grateful Dead Original FIRST PRINTING Poster to EVER appear at public auction! This poster was produced for the Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage appearing at the Mayser Center at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA on April 10th, 1971. It’s by far one of the most unique and most difficult to find Grateful Dead concert posters we’ve ever handled.

 

The poster was printed on thick card stock and created by noted artist / designer Spencer Zahn. The image of this issue is proudly documented in The Art of Rock Book, plate 4.212. The Dead’s concert has been documented here, including a splendid version of “Sing Me Back Home”. 

 

Spencer Zahn is a widely recognized artist and designer of the era, having sold out his first public art exhibition the same year this Dead poster was produced. Zahn designed several concert posters during the seventies for other Pennsylvania venues like the Electric Factory and the Philadelphia Spectrum featuring Alice Cooper, Isaac Hayes, The Band and many more. He also designed the album cover for Procol Harum’s Grand Hotel record. Zahn has been commissioned by artists like Eric Clapton, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones for live concert stage design as well. 

 

In April, a lower 5.0 example of this poster graded by CGC reached $4200 in our auction, and that was the first to ever surface with third party certification. Our archives show just two other public auction appearances EVER! A specimen realized $4048 on 8/15/13 and another specimen realized $5736 on 11/19/17. Of course, those two examples were NOT independently authenticated and graded by CGC like this one here. One of the most beloved Grateful Dead titles, with incredible artwork, from a fantastic era of the band's legacy. 

 

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

 

Poster – Grateful Dead, Lancaster

Grade – CGC 6.5

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, NRPS

Venue – The Mayser Center at Franklin and Marshall College

City – Lancaster, PA

Date – 4/10/71

Dimensions – 16 5/64" x 17 44/64"

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

Artist – Spencer Zahn

Paper Type – Thick Card Stock

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 6:00 pm 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.*

1971-AOR-4.212-OP-1-GRATEFUL DEAD-FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE CONCERT POSTER-TREASURED FIRST PRINTING! CGC Graded 6.51971-AOR-4.212-OP-1-GRATEFUL DEAD-FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE CONCERT POSTER-TREASURED FIRST PRINTING! CGC Graded 6.5
1971-AOR-4.212-OP-1-GRATEFUL DEAD-FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE CONCERT POSTER-TREASURED FIRST PRINTING! CGC Graded 6.5
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Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,400
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
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