1968- BG-105-OP-1 Fillmore West / Winterland-Jimi Hendrix-PAE Graded Excellent 71

closed on Friday, December 12, 2014

Final Auction Price
*Final prices include buyers premium
Starting bid: $500.00

This lot offers what is considered by many collectors to be the most famous concert poster from the 1960’s Rick Griffins masterwork BG -105. This treasured advertisement represents what is arguably the best artwork ever rendered for rock poster.

This poster works on every level. It was created by the most inventive artist of the genre advertising the most striking musician of the era and was held most famous venue of all!

The story behind the poster is that promoter Bill Graham dropped the ball the first time Hendrix played the Fillmore by placing the groundbreaking guitarist THIRD on the bill (BG-69).  The next time Hendrix came around it was made clear to Graham by Hendrix management that he needed to make up for his previous lack of judgment. In course he went straight to Rick Griffin to create the best work of art possible for the poster. The rest is history.

The poster is amongst the most valuable of any from the San Francisco Ballroom scene and has a home in every serious collection. Undamaged copies have jumped the  $20 000 mark in recent years.

•    Poster - Jimi Hendrix Fillmore West/ Winterland
•    Sub Title – BG-105
•    Grade – Excellent 71
•    Bands/Bill- Jimi Hendrix John Mayall Albert King
•    Venue- Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland
•    City – San Francisco California
•    Date – 2/1-4/68
•    Dimensions- 14” x 21 9/16”
•    Printing-  (OP-1) Original Printing
•    Artist – Rick Griffin
•    Series/ Promoter- Bill Graham
•    Paper Type –Uncoated Index
•    Printer –Tea Lautrec Litho
•    Condition Details – There are multiple holes in each corner a single pinhole in the center of the top and bottom edge and there is a 1/32” spot of missing ink in the blue area below the “B” in “Blues Breakers”. The left edge has s upper light stain and there is a semi-circular stain above the “N” in “King” In the top right corner there is a six inch crease that does not break the ink the upper left corner has a bump that does not break the ink and there’s minor handling throughout. On the reverse there is tape and tape stains.

*****This poster is available for inspection at our gallery by appointment. *****