Top 10: Vintage rock concert posters
10) Buddy Holly 1959 final concert poster - $7,000
A concert poster from Buddy Holly’s last ever performance, in 1959 at the Surf Ballroom Iowa with Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, just before the fateful plane crash that killed them all.
"Clear Lake Iowa, Surf, The Finest Bands The Finest People. Fri Jan 30th Midwest Caravan. Sat Jan 21st Ray Lewis and His Orchestra. Monday February 2nd – Dancing 8 to 12 pm. Winter Dance Party. These top recording stars in person. Buddy Holly and the Crickets ‘Peggy Sue’. Big Popper ‘Chantilly Lace’. Ritchie Valens ‘Donna’, ‘Come on Let’s Go’. Dion and the Belmonts ‘I Wonder Why’. Extra Attraction, Frankie Sardo, new hit ‘Take-Out’. For ages 12 to 21. This all-star cast Bob Hale to M.C. & Spin Records. Adm. $1.25; Checking 10c."
Sold for $7,000 at Heritage Auctions in December 2012.
9) Jefferson Airplane 1970 poster - $9,560
A Jefferson Airplane poster for their 1970s Grateful Dead benefit concert.
"A Benefit for The Grateful Dead. Monday February 23. Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, It’s a Beautiful Day, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Glenn McKay’s Head Lights, Post & Steiner Winterland."
Sold for $9,560 at Heritage Auctions in October 2006.
8) The Rolling Stones 1965 poster - $15,000
A poster from the 1965 Rolling Stones gig when Keith Richards infamously electrocuted himself after touching his guitar strings to an ungrounded microphone.
"KXOA presents In Concert The Fabulous Rolling Stones Show. Plus Bette Kay presents second annual homecoming queen contest. Fri Dec. 3 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Sacramento Memorial Aud."
Sold for $15,000 at Christie’s in June 2008.
7) Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 poster - $18,750
Rare psychedelic 1968 concert poster for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
"Sat – Sun May 18 May 19 the 1968 Pop Festival The Jimi Hendrix Experience Gulfstream Park."
Sold for $18,750 at Christie’s in November 2007.
6) Led Zeppelin/The Who 1969 poster - $18,750
A poster for The Who with Led Zeppelin at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in 1969.
The only time the two groups shared a stage on US soil, this poster is a scarce and early poster for both bands. It features very 1960s hippy style artwork.
Sold for $18,750 at Christie’s in June 2008.
5) Elvis Presley 1955 poster - £11,950 ($21,438)
A rare and early poster for a 1955 concert with Elvis Presley and others.
"Sunday Feb. 6 Two Shows, 3:00pm & 8:00p. Auditorium Memphis, Tenn. Faron Young ‘If you ain’t lovin’. Martha Carson ‘Beautiful gospel singer’. Ferlin Huskey, The Hushpuppies, Doyle and Teddy, Wilburn Brothers, Plus… Memphis’ own Elvis Presley. Scotty and Bill He’ll Sing ‘Heartbreaker’ – ‘Milk Cow Boogie’, many more…"
Sold for £11,950 at Christie’s in September 2004.
4) The Beatles 1962 poster - £13,743 ($24,846)
Poster for The Beatles and others at Music Hall, Shrewsbury, 1962.
"Music Hall, Shrewsbury, Friday Dec 14. Lewis Buckley Entertainments Ltd present Parlophone Hit Recorders of ‘Love Me Do’ The Beatles, Britain’s most exciting new vocal and instrumental quartet. Gary B Goode and the Rocking Hotrods, The Deltas. Dancing 8pm-1am."
Sold for £13,743 at Christie’s in September 2004.
3) Johnny Cash 1959 poster - $25,200
Autographed 1959 concert poster for Johnny Cash and his Tennessee Two.
"Division Street Corral, Sat. June 27. Dance! Show! Johnny Cash and his Tennessee Two featuring Lorrie Collins of the Collins Kids, plus The Big Beats Band."
Sold for $25,200 at Sotheby’s in September 2004.
2) The Who 1968 poster - £20,400 ($38,821)
Rare concert poster for The Who from 1968.
"The Greatest Big Show Since The Beatles & The Rolling Stones – The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones, Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand 31st January 1968."
Sold for £20,400 at Christie’s in May 2005. Another copy of the same poster sold for £20,315 at Christie’s in September 2004.
1) The Beatles 1962 Cavern Club poster - £27,500 ($42,515)
The Beatles Cavern Club poster from 1962.
"This Coming Friday Lunchtime, Special Double Bill on Stage, 12.20pm The Beatles, 1.00pm Pete MacLaine & The Dakotas, 1.40pm The Beatles, Come Along Early! Cavern Club, Liverpool, 30 November, 1962."
Sold for £27,500 at Christie’s in June 2012.
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