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    BG-105 Jimi Hendrix Experience First Printing 1968 "Flying Eyeball" Concert Poster CGC-graded 9.0. An original, before-the-concert first-printing poster of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and Albert King at San Francisco's famed Fillmore and Winterland ballrooms on the first four days of February 1968, known in the hobby as BG-105.

    This gem of a specimen has been graded 9.0 on a scale of 1-to-10 by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), now the final word on the grading and authenticating of vintage concert posters. Anything graded a 9.0 or higher is considered investment-grade quality, and this beauty delights the eyes with its deep, rich colors looking as strong as the day it was printed. It does have one very tiny pinhole in each of the top two corners, so small that you have to really strain to see even a dot of light coming through them.

    (If one blows up our photo and notices light scratching or brush marks, please note that these are present on CGC's plastic holder, not the poster itself, which is immaculately clean save for the tiny pin holes.)

    This is it, the poster everyone wants a first printing of. One of the true masterpieces of S.F. psychedelic rock art, done by Rick Griffin in the winter of 1967-68. Very much printed before the shows to sell tickets, unlike the second printing which shows the number "10" before the word "tickets" down in the lower left corner. It's the telltale sign that everyone in the hobby knows, and which of course CGC confirms in their grading and authenticating.

    Did you know that this masterpiece also doubles as a Janis Joplin concert poster? That's right, on the final night, Sunday February 4 at the Fillmore, Big Brother & the Holding Company stepped into one of the opening slots when an act canceled. Quite a nice, hidden 'value-added' feature of this poster, as if it needed anything else.

    When one talks about the very best psychedelic San Francisco concert posters, the conversation invariably turns toward Bill Graham Presents and the Family Dog, and invariably lands on Graham's Hendrix flying eyeball and the Dog's Grateful Dead skeleton & roses posters. Those two are always neck-and-neck for the most popular psych concert poster ever. So it's especially pleasing that this is the very first time Heritage Auctions has ever offered a CGC-graded first-printing Jimi Hendrix BG-105 flying eyeball, and with such a beautiful grade to boot.

    Poster measures 14 x 21 ½" and originated from the famous Jimi Hendrix collection of Jacaeber Kastor. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock - Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.125 (illus.).

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    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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