Vintage Grateful Dead concert posters
Vintage Grateful Dead concert posters are original posters advertising performances by the legendary rock band The Grateful Dead.

Brief history and description

The Grateful Dead was an American rock band based in the San Francisco area in California, and became one of the leading bands to define the "hippie" movement during the 1960s.

The band was not only known for hit songs like "Truckin'" and "St. Stephen," but also "iconic" images that were featured on their album covers and concert posters. Some of which included the "Steal Your Face" skull (featuring a red, white and blue skull with a lighting bolt crossing through it which was designed by Owsley Stanley and Bob Thomas), as well as a skull and roses design that was originally designed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse for a concert poster for at the Avalon Ballroom (circa September 1966).

Value

Grateful Dead concert posters

CooperOwen in Egham, Surrey sold a Grateful Dead poster for a concert at Warfield Theatre/Radio City featuring artwork by Dennis Larkins (who also signed the poster) for £1,300 in October of 2005.

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold one Grateful Dead and The Quicksilver Messenger Service concert at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco for $500 and another poster for the same concert for $600 in June of 2011.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold:

  • A Grateful Dead "Skeleton and Roses" poster for a concert at the Avalon Ballroom for $1,500 in October of 2008.
  • A Grateful Dead, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Quicksilver Messenger Service poster featuring the artwork of Bill Graham (circa 1968) for $900 in December of 2011.

Guide for collectors

Grateful Dead concert posters from the 1960s, or more specifically, posters for a concert in San Francisco are considered to be rare and valuable among collectors. Grateful Dead concert posters which feature the band's signature skeleton and roses artwork which were drawn by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse for a concert at the Avalon Ballroom on September 16th/17th in 1966 are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of a vintage Grateful Dead concert poster is not recommended, as it may reduce its value.

For more information regarding vintage Grateful Dead concert posters, visit Concert Posters, the Grateful Dead's official website or Dead Lists.

See also

Main article: Grateful Dead collectibles
Main article: Posters
Main article: Music memorabilia

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