The February 2021 CGC Sale (Auction #130)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/18/2021
This poster is signed in ink by the artist, the late great Alton Kelley!

The Grateful Dead’s New Years shows were the highlight of the year for many of their faithful legions. Bill Graham would pull out all the stops for this annual event. The former Ice rink, Winterland, where band had performed since 1966, was the site of some of their finest performances over the years. The final Dead concert at Winterland, which fell on New Years Eve 1978, is regarded as one of the Dead’s finest performances of all at the historic venue. It was one of those nights where it all worked out seamlessly.

The accompanying HUGE original poster for that show is equally well regarded. Legendary artists Mouse and Kelley created one of their finest efforts of their longtime collaboration. The legendary “Blue Rose” is a poster that deserves a home in every San Francisco poster collection and is sure to bring the winning bidder much satisfaction now and even more with each passing year. Best of all, this piece is in Museum Quality Condition with no visible flaws of any kind!

It's no secret the famous Blue Rose poster has been bootlegged and pirate printings have continued to surface over the years. As we all know, CGC authentication has brought much needed integrity and stability to this very popular segment of the vintage concert materials marketplace. Collectors can now bid with confidence, knowing this example is an Original, Pre-Concert First Printing of this monumental poster. This lot is tied for the FINEST QUALITY CONDITION CGC Graded example of this issue we've ever auctioned, and SIGNED by the late great Alton Kelley!

Poster – Grateful Dead, Winterland
Sub Title – Closing of Winterland
Grade – CGC 9.4
Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, The Blues Brothers, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage
Venue - Winterland
City – San Francisco, California
Date – 12/31/78
Dimensions- 18 15/16” x 28 1/2”
Printing – OP-1, Original Pre-Concert First Printing
Artist – Mouse and Kelley
Series/ Promoter – Bill Graham
AOR #4.38
Paper Type – Heavy stock
Condition Details – Museum Quality with no visible flaws of any kind. No nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes! 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.*
1978-AOR 4.38-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Closing of Winterland-Blue Rose Original Concert Poster-SIGNED Kelley! CGC Graded 9.41978-AOR 4.38-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Closing of Winterland-Blue Rose Original Concert Poster-SIGNED Kelley! CGC Graded 9.4
1978-AOR 4.38-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Closing of Winterland-Blue Rose Original Concert Poster-SIGNED Kelley! CGC Graded 9.4
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,280
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
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