1968–AOR 2.249-OP-1-Hells Angels-Carousel Ballroom-Big Brother & The Holding Co. CLASSIC RARITY! Concert Poster-CGC Graded 5.0

closed on Friday, April 24, 2020

Final Auction Price
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Starting bid: $1.00

This lot represents only the second CGC Graded example of this original first printing poster to ever appear in our auction - and the FIRST with no restoration of any kind! This poster was for a Hells Angels event at the historic Carousel Ballroom with hosts Big Brother and the Holding Company. Rejoice and The Youngbloods supported.


The Hells Angels Motorcycle club was obviously an integral part of the 1960’s counterculture. Big Brother and other bay area bands like the Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane would perform at some of their events during this era. They were also known for throwing exciting parties. This one was held at the Carousel in spring of 1968. Janis Joplin was still riding strong with Big Brother during this time and the band was at its peak preparing their second album Cheap Thrills to be released in just a few months.


Although the Carousel Ballroom wasn't around for long it inspired an INCREDIBLE SERIES of posters and handbills that are amongst the best of the entire genre of 1960's psychedelic concert images. This is one of the most beloved and most difficult to locate for collectors!

We've only seen one other example with CGC grading in one of our previous auctions. It was graded RESTORED 4.5 and reached $2070 two years ago. This piece here is completely original with NO RESTORATION whatsoever and therefore will generate attention from collectors eager to finally own a 100% ORIGINAL specimen of this rare issue!


Poster - Hells Angels Dance Carousel

Grade – CGC 5.0

Bands/Bill – Big Brother & The Holding Company Rejoice The Youngbloods

Venue – Carousel Ballroom

City – San Francisco CA

Date – 5/15/68

Dimensions – 22 1/2” x 17 1/2”

Printing – OP-1 Original Pre-Concert First Printing

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.


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*A 20% Buyers Premium will be added to the final hammer price of this lot.*