One of the rarest Beatles posters ever to come to auction and one of the finest Grateful Dead posters ever made will compete for the brightest spotlight at Heritage Auctions
' Entertainment Auction Nov. 16 in Dallas, Texas.
The Beatles 1966 Genuine, Original Shea Stadium NYC Concert Poster was pulled from a telephone pole 53 years ago by the consignor, who has kept it in exceptional condition ever since. The poster, which features a familiar image of the Fab Four, was to sell tickets to the group's Aug. 23, 1966 performance in Shea Stadium.
"This is an incredible poster, beyond rare," Heritage Auctions Entertainment & Music Consignment Director Pete Howard said. "The concert itself was enormous for them by playing at Shea Stadium, they played for a crowd that was about the same size as the crowds at all 279 shows they played at Liverpool's Cavern Club combined.
"Nobody knows exactly how many were printed, but it's believed to be no more than a couple hundred, and at the time, they were not viewed as anything worth saving or collecting, and there was no way to know then that the tour that included this concert would be the last one for the Beatles."
As it turned out, the event was just six days before what turned out to be the Fab Four's final stadium concert in San Francisco. The sudden end to the Beatles' touring led to limited-edition lithographs, reproductions, signed (by promoter Sid Bernstein, not the musicians) editions, bootlegs, pirated copies and knockoffs
but this is one of the few originals known to remain in existence.
Grateful Dead 1966 "Skeleton & Roses" Concert Poster FD-26 Graded Near-Perfect 9.8 is an exceptionally high-grade copy of what is referred to as the most popular psychedelic poster ever made. The famous "Family Dog" psychedelic concert poster from the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, Sept. 16 and 17, 1966, with the Oxford Circle as the opening act, this stunning poster that earned its near-perfect 9.8 grade from CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) is accompanied by a letter from poster artist Stanley Mouse. Grateful Dead posters from San Francisco in the mid-1960s are coveted by serious poster collectors, and this one includes all of the optimal criteria, including unforgettable artwork by legendary graphic artists, stunning color, rarity and gem-mint condition.
Few albums have as dramatic a cover image and are as instantly recognizable as The Beatles' Yesterday and Today "Butcher Cover." What's offered here is in even higher demand among collectors, as The Beatles Yesterday and Today "Butcher Cover" Stereo First State Album Cover Prototype With Queens Litho Envelope and Delivery Receipt (1966) (estimate: $98,000+) is one of just two prototypes known to exist. A copy recorded in stereo is far more difficult to find, making this even more rare than its mono-recorded counterparts. So rare is the copy offered here that none other than John Lennon is the only other person known to have owned a copy. Capitol Records initially prepared 750,000 covers for the album's release with the original artwork, which featured the Beatles wearing butcher smocks with decapitated dolls and raw pieces of meat draped around them. But consumer backlash convinced Capitol to paste over or destroy all of the manufactured covers and create a new design which was substituted on June 20, 1966, at a cost of $250,000. The new cover featured the Fab Four sitting around a steamer trunk, earning it the "Trunk Cover" nickname.
An Elvis Presley Personally Owned 1944 Martin O-17 Guitar, LP, and Poster from Girls, Girls, Girls (estimate: $50,000) was used to promote Presley's 1962 movie, Girls, Girls, Girls. His bodyguard/wardrobe manager, Richard Davis, received the instrument from Vernon Presley (Elvis's father) when the legendary musician died in 1977. The guitar is accompanied by a poster from the movie that remains in good condition, and a German copy of the soundtrack LP in VG-EX 6, which included the title track and Presley's hit Return to Sender.
Beatles For Sale UK Mono Album Jacket Signed By All Four Members (Parlophone, 1964) (estimate: $30,000+) was signed during a stage when the band's popularity made it exceptionally difficult to get items signed by all four members of the band. This album jacket, with the autographs of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, does not include the vinyl record. This jacket is one of the cleanest signed Beatles albums ever to come through Heritage Auctions. Released Dec. 4, 1964, Beatles for Sale was the fourth album to come out of the UK, and featured hit singles I'll Follow the Sun and Eight Days a Week. The lot includes a handwritten note from the original owner's daughter.
The Beatles/Pete Best Signed Postcard With Early Live Photo (1962) (estimate: $20,000+) features the often-overlooked "other" Beatle: Pete Best, the band's drummer before Starr joined the Fab Four. Best signed along with McCartney, Lennon and Harrison; the last three included inscriptions in German.
The auction includes a collection of 17 Michael Jackson lots from the personal archive and collection of Robert R. "Rob" Swinson, dubbed Jackson's Personal Neverland Valley "Maker of Dreams." Among the top lots from Swinson's collection:
Michael Jackson Swarovski Triumph Tour Helmet (1981) estimate: $5,000+
Michael Jackson Stage Worn and Signed Fedora and T-Shirt from His Bad Tour in a Shadow Box Display (1988) estimate: $4,000+
Michael Jackson Signed and Stage Worn Loafers estimate: $4,000+
Michael Jackson Signed and Inscribed Fedora (1998) estimate: $3,000+
The sale includes a selection of lots from the "grunge" musical movement associated with the Pacific Northwest. Among the highlights:
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Nirvana/Pearl Jam Salem Armory Concert Poster (1992) (estimate: $2,000+) is one of the rare posters that features three of the preeminent bands of the era: the Red Hot Chili Peppers were headline act in the show, which featured Nirvana and Pearl Jam as opening acts. The triple-bill only could happen in 1992, as each of the three quickly assumed headliner status thanks to the popularity of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nevermind (Nirvana) and Ten (Pearl Jam) albums.
Nirvana/Melvins Motor Sports International Garage Concert Poster (1990) (estimate: $1,000+) cast a light on Nirvana's early difficulty with drummers. What makes this poster extraordinary is that while the band performed with Dan Peters as its drummer, the crowd included another drummer who found himself stranded when his band broke up. That drummer was Dave Grohl, who played his first show with the band just a few weeks later as he took over as the band's full-time drummer.
Also available is a selection of 47 Bob Dylan lots, the first part of an extensive array of Dylan lots that will be spread out over future auctions. The collection includes, but is not limited to:
· Bob Dylan 1963 Original Freewheelin' Album w/Four Deleted Tracks, Rarest of the Rare (estimate: $3,000+)
· Bob Dylan, Barry Goldberg and Mike Bloomfield Black and White Newport Folk Festival 8" X 10" Photo taken by David Gahr (1965) (estimate: $1,000+)
· Bob Dylan-Played Epiphone Acoustic Guitar owned by Barry Goldberg (estimate: $1,000+)
· Bob Dylan-Signed Biograph, 1965 Limited Edition Print (estimate: $1,000+)
Other top lots include, but are not limited to:
· Beatles Full Set of Signatures in an Autograph Book: $12,000
· Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Indian Motorcycle Deluxe Model (2003): $11,600
· Harry James Owned and Played King Trumpet Serial #499996 Engraved Signature With Various Orchestrations: $10,000+
· The Beatles Original Copy of Mersey Beat Vol. 1, No. 13 (UK, 1962). Very Few Copies Known to Exist: $10,000+
· The Beatles Cartoon Compact Disc Limited Edition Jukebox UK (Lordsvale, 2008) : $8,000+
· Eric Clapton Signed Black Fender Squier Electric Guitar: $7,500
· Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Original Autographs Matted with Photo: $6,000+
· Tupac Shakur Signed Floor Locator Card With Picture and Fingerprint (1994): $5,000+