1960’s Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters


Our current auction features several high quality offerings from 1966, the year that pretty much kicked off what has come to be referred to as psychedelic sixties. San Francisco was historically a home for misfits, and dreamers, so table was set for something big. 

LSD was legal, and becoming available and the bohemian youth of the Bay Area were the first to sow their seeds in that fertile ground. The experimentation, and innovation in arts and culture that grew out of those phenomena cannot be understated. These nearly pristine pieces of art from 1966 represent some of the finest known examples available anywhere from that pivotal year. This was "the" beginning of the poster scene.

Concert Posters were not considered collectible in 1966. Like most other pop culture collectibles, they were produced for an intended use. They were not to be stashed away for future profit. Most of them were used solely for advertising, then scooped up by fans as souvenirs, or to decorate their rooms. They were pinned up, taped up, glued up, and as a result very few remain in decent condition. Only after the promoters realized that there was an aftermarket for this artwork, did they begin to roll off larger quantities and reprint the more popular designs.

The fact that this material is now 45 years old is not to be underestimated. The passage of time has allowed these posters to be appreciated for what they truly are. Important artifacts from a pivotal time in America's cultural evolution.

As with any true collectible, the passage of time adds considerably to their value as well. When I started collecting these posters in 1983 they were roughly 17 years old and I was able to obtain them for a ridiculously low cost . In today's view that would be like collecting posters from 1994. Just to give a historic perspective, 1994 was the year Kurt Cobain took his life. Those 28 years have caused these work to "ripe" significantly.

All this just further illustrates that we are on the cusp of the Psychedelic Concert Poster being realized for its proper historical importance. This will surely result in these beautiful works of art finally earning the attention, and value that they truly deserve.

Innaugural Event at PAE Gallery

The Psychedelic Art Exchange celebrated the Grand opening of our new gallery space late last year to an overwhelming response. It was a great joy to introduce our friends, fans, and curious onlookers to our new gallery space. 

Many in attendance were previously unaware of the existence of 1960's concert posters. Those uninitiated eyes had the same response that most everyone does when they view this beautiful artwork for the first time. Wow! When we took lease of our space at 3846 Falls Road in Hampden, we envisioned the space purely as office. However the highly visible street access and the high ceilings, not to mention being in one of Baltimore's most interesting neighborhoods compelled us create a full concert poster gallery. The space took shape better than we thought and transformed magically from work space to gallery space.

PAE has always believed that one must see this amazing artwork up close to truly appreciate its magnificence, and this was the perfect opportunity to test that belief. With art so detailed and colorful, viewing images of the posters in print or on a computer monitor, just doesn't do them justice.

The event was an unqualified success. Guests took in these artifacts of the psychedelic era with delight, as they enjoyed the offerings of food and drink. The crowd was even more eager to drink in knowledge of our collective passion. Attendees poured over the resource volumes and other printed material with great interest. In fact the books got as much attention as the hanging works.

This response further encouraged us at PAE to continue to spread the word about this world class collectible. Being so immersed in the world of the psychedelic concert poster we are often surprised by how relatively unknown this incredible body of work is to the world at large, even those who are longtime veterans of the live music scene.


Thanks are due to those who supported us in our inaugural event. Molly McNulty, Jen Devos and Chef Kevin Miller. Thanks for making us look good.


Mainstream Memorabilia

The wonderful Grateful Dead exhibit at The New York Historical Society gets national news treatment from NBC! 

The story focuses on the historical significance of the band and it's memorabilia, and the fact that that this material now has mainstream interest! PAE clients have and will continue to stay ahead of this emerging trend. Supplies of Museum Quality material are all but non existent and are overwhelmed by the strong demand for anything MINT. As prices are now rising, we urge you to fill out your collection now before prices become unaffordable. See the story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/38316258#38316258


The Famous Pinnacle Collection!

The Famous Pinnacle Collection! The Finest 1960's Concert Poster Auction Ever!

Preview begins April 26, 2010

Bidding Begins: May 15, 2010

Bidding Ends May 22, 2010

We are proud to offer you a collectibles event that has been over 25 years in the making! The Pinnacle Collection contains the finest accumulation of MINT early 1960's concert posters ever offered at public auction. Each and every poster was hand selected for its unsurpassed quality and eye appeal with no compromises allowed or included! Many of the posters offered here are being offered for the FIRST TIME IN DECADES. Please carefully consider the unique opportunity at hand as it will surely be many years--if ever--that a sale of this caliber takes place again.

Students of the collectibles markets understand that it is sales like this that sow the seeds of future great collections--will one of them be yours? All great collections are ultimately built on the back of previous collectors that for one reason or another choose to liquidate their holdings. This happens infrequently, and when it does, you can throw the price guides and previous sales data out the window as seasoned collectors circle like sharks for the juiciest meat of the sale.

The highlights here are too numerous to mention. Each and every piece is an Original First Printing unless otherwise noted. All posters have been PAE Authenticated and Graded and are backed by the strongest guarantees available anywhere. Make no mistake about it, collectors will need to "stretch" to claim a prize in this sale. Our best advice is to remember that quality is remembered LONG after price is forgotten. The question that needs to be asked is whether you will care 10 or 15 years from now that you paid some reasonable premium to secure a rarity today? We think not!

We hope that each and every one of you enjoy viewing and bidding on this sale as much as we enjoyed cataloging it. Psychedelic Art Exchange prides itself on offering unsurpassed quality and service and we believe this historic event clearly delivers on this goal.


Store Now Open

During the past several years, Psychedelic Art Exchange has become the premier source for the world's finest quality Mint condition 1960's Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters.

We have attracted a highly sophisticated and extremely disciplined group of collectors who focus exclusively on Mint Condition examples that they believe will skyrocket in desirability as their true rarity and historical importance become more highly appreciated and understood.

This has created a growing backlog of orders that has resulted in new purchases being snapped up immediately upon their acquisition by PAE. While this is a great position to be in business wise, it has prevented us from offering material to new clients that wish to participate in this exploding market.

Therefore, in order to give everyone a chance to become acquainted with our unique services, Psychedelic Art Exchange has decided to set aside some material which will be offered to the general public on a first come, first served basis.

Each and every piece that is offered in our store is accompanied by Certified Authentication and Grading and is backed by the strongest guarantees available anywhere. Furthermore, each piece is a "Targeted Acquisition" as outlined in our report "Insider Secrets of The Psychedelic Art Market".

Please carefully peruse of our offerings as these pieces represent the finest quality posters available anywhere. Each piece has been individually selected and is sure to make a wonderful addition to your collection now--and its appreciation and appeal will grow with each passing year. To visit the store, click here.


Before The Flood

It's not often that one can know what is going to happen in the future, but this just happens to be one of those special times. 

On August 15th, the world will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Every major newspaper, magazine and television network will be commemorating this historical event. This increased media coverage is sure to drive interest in our special corner of the world--1960's Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters. Sometimes it can be easy to feel isolated and alone, the sole enthusiast of an esoteric subject. But make no mistake about it, the world will soon once again embracing the memorabilia attached to the most significant social movement of the 20th century.

Two years ago we saw a tremendous surge in activity and a corresponding increase in values as the world commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. This summer is sure to be a repeat on an even larger scale.

Psychedelic Art Exchange was pleased to sponsor a special Woodstock party in Park City, Utah last weekend, where over 200 everyday people of ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS arrived fully clothed in tye died T-shirts, leather fringe jackets, leather sandals (or no shoes at all) and baby doll dresses.

The highlight of the party was a showing of the Woodstock Concert movie. It was amazing how strongly the music resonated with the party goers. There can be no doubt that this music, these values, and this historic artwork will continue to increase in historic significance with each passing year. That is why we and our clients believe so strongly that 1960's Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters represent the most lucrative ground floor opportunity in collectibles today.

A big wave is coming, enjoy the ride!