Hunter S. Thompson Sheriff posters
Hunter S. Thompson Sheriff posters are political posters created during the writer Hunter Thompson’s 1970 campaign to be elected Sheriff in Aspen, Colorado.
Hunter S. Thompson (1937 – 2005) was a celebrated American writer, renowned for inventing the concept of ‘Gonzo Journalism’ along with his books on the Hell’s Angels and his most famous work ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.
He was also a highly regarded political journalist who covered several U.S Presidential campaigns, along with becoming personally involved in politics when he ran for the position of Sheriff in his adopted home town of Aspen, Colorado in 1970.
Thompson’s campaign included the promises to decriminalize all drugs, replace concrete pavements and roads with grass and rename Colorado ‘Fat City’ to deter investors from buying up real estate. The campaign was aimed at the youth and dropout vote, in an attempt to mobilise an untapped demographic of American voters, and ended in narrow defeat.
‘Thompson for Sheriff’ posters
The ‘Thompson for Sheriff’ posters were created by the local artist Tom Benton, and features a six-pointed Sheriff’s star surrounding the Gonzo logo of a six fingered, double-thumbed fist holding a blue peyote flower on a black background. It also features white lettering which reads ‘Thompson for Sheriff’ and ‘1970, Aspen Colorado’.
How much is a Hunter S. Thompson Sheriff poster worth?
Thompson wrote about his experiences during the campaign many times, and it has become one of the more famous chapters of his professional life. Original vintage 1970 posters are highly sought after by his fans and collectors, and are highly rare in good condition.
Some of the few examples to have appeared at auction in recent years have been valued at between $2,000 and $5,000, although copies signed by the artist and Thompson himself have been known to sell for up to $7,000.