The Beatles & Grateful Dead ~ Breaking records after 55 years

The Beatles poster – 1966
The Beatles poster from their August 23, 1966, concert, almost 56 years ago, at Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City, went up for auction last Saturday, April 16, at the Heritage Auctions ‘Music Memorabilia Signature®’ sale in Dallas, Texas. The bids started at $115,000 and ended at $275,000 (including premium). It was a new auction record for a concert poster.     
The poster came from a family that had owned the poster for the last 55 years; the family owned no other posters, and kept the Beatles placard on display, a fond keepsake from a show the family’s matriarch actually attended. The family brought it to Heritage Auctions when they realized the value of it. Unlike previous Beatles-at-Shea record-holders, the one sold Saturday from the Fab Four’s final tour was untouched by conservation experts.      


In the same auction, a beautifully-preserved ‘Skeleton and Rose’ poster for the September 1966 San Francisco Grateful Dead concerts sold for $137,500, a new, top result for a concert poster of the ‘psychedelic era’.     

Grateful Dead poster – 1966



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Antiques Trade Gazette ~ Beatles 1966 poster sets a new high     

Live Auctioneers ~ Beatles concert poster sets new world auction record     


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Styrous® ~ Wednesday, April 20, 2022        

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