The December 3 Stephenson Auction features Part III of Perry Pfeffer’s Estate Collection from …
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Friday, December 3, it’s going to be déjà vu again as Stephenson’s from suburban Philadelphia presents Part 3 of Perry Pfeffer’s legendary collection of rock concert posters. The auction of 320 lots will take place live in the Stephenson Gallery, with live internet and live auctions available through LiveAuctioneers.
Perry Pfeffer (circa 1949-2020) was a leading expert in the field of original concert posters and had a particular appreciation for those printed in the “psychedelic 60s and 70s”. While he has become a successful and well-known poster dealer, Pfeffer has always been a collector at heart, so when exceptional examples arise he sets them aside for his own collection. Stephenson’s auctioned the Pfeffer real estate collection as part of an ongoing series of sales that began with a $ 300,000 run in August 2020 and followed with Part II on New Years Day 2021.
The timeline of the esteemed collection begins in the 1960s, a time when Pfeffer lived in San Francisco and foresightedly acquired now classic posters, sometimes from the artists themselves. Many years later, Pfeffer returned to his native Philadelphia and in 2001 launched Postercade, a business website popular with poster fans.
All the posters for the December 3 sale are in almost perfect condition. Many are signed by the artists who created them, including Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Rick Griffin, Randy Tuten, Bonnie MacLean, David Singer and others in the genre. “At the top are some very rare posters including an original 1969 Woodstock poster and a very rare 1963 Bob Dylan poster for a CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) sponsored performance in Syracuse, New York. They are likely to sell for thousands of dollars. But there are many other great posters that could sell in the estimated range of $ 100 to $ 200, ”said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.
The most valued item in the sale is the aforementioned Woodstock poster. The iconic 1969 lithograph with the image of a dove perched on a guitar neck heralds the most famous musical event of the 20th century: the Original Woodstock Music and Art Fair and Aquarian Exposition. This original Type 1 poster promoting the pinnacle of hippie culture – the Mega Concert at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, New York – was created by artist Arthur Skolnick (b.1937-) and is expected to sell for between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000. Especially important is Bob Dylan’s poster, estimated at between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000, as it is one of the few pieces that visually connects the singer / songwriter to the civil rights movement. Collectors agree that this is one of the most artistically fascinating and historically significant memorabilia of all of Dylan’s earliest memorabilia.
San Francisco’s quintessential hippie group, The Grateful Dead, is featured in 40 sets of posters, books and shirts. There is already great interest in an orange and black Grateful Dead “Trip or Freak” concert poster from a Halloween concert on October 31, 1967 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Created by three of the greatest concert poster artists of all time – Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley – the original Type 1 second print poster is numbered 41/500. It is also signed by Kelley. The presale estimate is $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.
Nearly 100 posters bear witness to the historic concerts of the legendary impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991). The wide range of ratings makes these posters affordable for both advanced collectors and beginners who want memorabilia from the pre-MTV era, when Graham’s Fillmore East and Fillmore West could launch a band’s careers overnight. based on a live performance. Examples of the Three Decade Selection include posters for: Quicksilver Messenger Service, October 5-7, 1967; Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, an original first impression created by artists Herb Greene and Bonnie MacLean (signed), $ 800- $ 1,000; and The Doors, July 25, 1969; Cow Palace, San Francisco, by artist Randy Tuten, $ 200- $ 300.
A vibrant “Bill Graham Presents” poster promoting Pink Floyd’s Day on the Green concert series from May 9-10, 1977 at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Is particularly recognizable for its image of a pig floating above it. clouds towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Earlier that year, Pink Floyd released their LP “Animals”, the cover of which features an inflatable pig floating between two chimneys at Battersea Power Station in London. The poster is an original print with art by Randy Tuten and William Bostedt. Estimate: $ 800 to $ 1,000
Poignantly, a poster for the “Bill Graham Presents Red Hot Chili Peppers” concert (featuring the first Nirvana and Pearl Jam) advertises a December 31, 1991 performance at the Cow Palace in San Francisco that took place two months after Graham’s death. in a helicopter crash. The original first impression with art by Harry Rossit is estimated between $ 1,500 and $ 2,000.
Stephenson’s Friday December 3, 2021 Auction of Part III of the Perry Pfeffer Real Estate Collection of Rock Concert Posters will be held live at the Company’s Gallery in Southampton (a suburb of Philadelphia), Pa., With live auctions by phone, mail order and internet via LiveAuctioneers. Start time: 2 p.m. ET. The gallery inspection takes place on the day of the auction from 12:00 noon until the start of the auction. For more information on any item for sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or email [email protected] Visit Stephenson’s Auction online at www.stephensonsauction.com.
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