1966 FD-26 Grateful Dead Avalon Ballroom Poster Fine 59

closed on Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Starting bid: $1.00

The growth of concert posters as esteemed collectibles is intricately linked to the iconic First Printing FD-26 Grateful Dead Avalon Ballroom poster from September 16-17, 1966. This "Skeleton & Roses" masterpiece not only captures the Grateful Dead's story in a tangible form but also serves as a vivid gauge of the evolving value trajectory of collectible concert posters.


Since the day it rolled off the press, this poster was displayed lovingly. The appeal of the image and its connection to the Dead made this artwork incredibly appealing to fans. Countless copies found their way onto walls, enduring years of admiration and ultimately decay. The allure was so compelling that reprints were produced to meet the overwhelming demand. This seminal work is the centerpiece of the San Francisco poster movement and has evolved into a seriously valuable collectible over the years. PAE has auctioned 15 original printings over the years. To see PAE's past sales, click here.


Condition: creases, minor paper loss, tears, tackholes, toning.


--TITLE: FD-26 Poster
--GRADE: Fine 59
--PERFORMERS: Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle
--VENUE: Avalon Ballroom
--CITY: San Francisco
--DATE: 09/16/66
--PRINTING: OP-1; Original Pre-Concert First Printing Poster
--SIZE: 14.13 x 20


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