Psychedelic Art Exchange is thrilled to announce that we are offering multiple once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for collectors in our current April Mega Sale poster auction! One of these items is the auction’s lead lot, featuring ORIGINAL ART by beloved Fillmore poster artist Lee Conklin! This pen & ink drawing was created by Conklin for a 1968 Fillmore West concert featuring Spirit and the Jeff Beck Group. This is the final version of the artwork from which the BG-148 poster was produced. This artwork is truly amazing to look at. It features numerous intricately drawn faces and animals within and behind the lettering, which are incredible to view close up. This original artwork also features sketches and notes written in the margins, as well as several pasted on pieces and white out, with the blue and gray drafting marks still faintly visible under pen and ink and sharpie inked border. This piece also features sketches and notes written in the margins, as well as several pasted on pieces and white-out, with the blue and gray drafting marks still faintly visible under pen and ink and sharpie inked border. This piece of original art is 100% authentic, and is backed by our Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity. It is an amazing piece of concert poster history on its own!
Original poster art is incredibly rare and valuable. Pieces like this are generally traded privately and seldom come up for public offering. Original art work in general has been steadily rising in popularity and value in recent years. For reference, while original comic art pages used to sell for less than the books, they’ve now become rare, desirable pieces of art that sometimes exceed the value of the books themselves. For example, when taking a look at original comic art from the same era as the original art we are offering here, the cover artwork for R. Crumb’s 1969 Fritz the Cat book sold for $717,000 back in 2017 at Heritage Auctions! Here at PAE, we’ve seen similar trends. In our October 2020 Mega Sale, we were able to offer yet another piece of original Lee Conklin art, which was used to produce the BG-163 poster. This item sold for $12,000. Last month in our March Mega Sale, we sold the original artwork by Chet Helms from which the FD-2 poster was produced for $16,200. Clearly, the market for original concert poster art is one to keep a close eye on. We truly believe these are some of the most exciting and valuable items circulating in the concert poster collecting world today!The April Mega Sale ends on Thursday, April 29th at 9:00 pm EDT.