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June 2018 Auction > Grateful Dead
"Can You Pass the Acid Test?" 1965 NEAR MINT 1st AOR Poster
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Current price $18,000.00  ( Reserve met )
Starting bid: $7,500.00
Quantity: 1
# of bids: 17
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: new york
Started: 5/27/2018 11:00:00 PM
Ended: 6/4/2018 11:51:28 PM
Seller: Admin
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 Original 1st printing 17 x 22" event poster, "Can You Pass the Acid Test?", Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' legendary series of LSD-fueled multi-media happenings/parties held up and down the West Coast from November 1965 through October 1966. "Happeners" (participants/acts) listed on the poster include: the Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, the aforementioned Merry Pranksters, Neal Cassady, the Grateful Dead and "Roy's Audioptics" (Prankster Roy Seburn's light show).

 Art by Paul Foster (sometimes mis-credited to Norman Hartweg), image (hand-colored by Sunshine Kesey) is featured in the Art of Rock book on page 91 (plate 2.4)- this is the large-version goldenrod/yellow-orange blank (no info/unused) poster. 

 Medium-thin flat index stock poster is in ABSOLUTELY STUNNING near mint (A-) condition; there are no more than a couple of tiny edge/corner bumps, a whisper of handling, a nearly-invisible soft diagonal bend in the upper right margin and maybe a hairline stress bend or two hiding within the image area, but this example is without a doubt at the VERY top of the conditional scale.

 There is not much I can add to the importance of this piece as far as historical significance (WAY too much to go into here), but I can add that the provenance on this piece is absolutely WITHOUT QUESTION- 100% ROCK SOLID. I will gladly provide a COA detailing the lineage of this piece to the winning bidder (upon request).

 An ABSOLUTE MONSTER of a psychedelic poster, this is where it ALL STARTED! 

*this piece is offered with a confidential reserve. 

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