1966 FD-26 Grateful Dead Avalon Ballroom RP-2 Poster CGC 7.0

closed on Thursday, January 26, 2023

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Starting bid: $1.00

It is with great joy that we offer this opportunity to own a CGC-authenticated and graded, official second-printing of one of the most important and famous concert posters ever created.

The FD-26 is without question one of the Holy Grails in the entire Psychedelic Concert Poster genre. This issue is on everybody's top 3 lists of most desirable posters. This world-famous piece of art was designed by the legendary 1960s concert poster artists Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley.

The story of Mouse and Kelley searching the stacks at the San Francisco library for an appropriate illustration for the poster is well documented. The duo discovered this illustration by 19th-century artist Edward Joseph Sullivan for an edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Considering our previous sales history, it would appear that this RP-2 is MORE uncommon than an OP-1! We have only listed 5 examples previously, with the most recent being a lower graded 5.0 which sold for $3,600 last August. The poster is still more than 50 years old!

--TITLE: Fd-26
--GRADE: 7.0
--PERFORMERS: Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle
--VENUE: Avalon Ballroom
--CITY: San Francisco
--DATE: 09/16/66
--PRINTING: RP-2; Post-Concert Second Printing Poster
--SIZE: 14.18 x 19.98


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