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    Jimi Hendrix Experience 1969 Gunther Kieser Famous Wire-Hair Concert Poster (AOR-3.185). An original German large-version Jimi Hendrix concert poster from early 1969, designed by the revered Gunther Kieser and signed on the back by the promoter it was designed for, Fritz Rau.

    This specimen was protected with a thin layer of lamination a long time ago, thin enough that the poster still easily rolls up. It was signed on the verso by tour promoter Rau in 2012, to our consignor. Rau's inscription says, translated from German to English, "The poster of my life. Cordially, Fritz Rau." Our consignor has written a lovely Letter of Provenance explaining her personal history with this poster, which she pulled down or acquired at the time while seeing Hendrix on this concert tour in Frankfurt, West Germany on January 17, 1969. That handwritten letter is part of this lot. (This poster is not to be confused with the smaller, merchandising version that was sold at shows.) Measures 33" x 46 5/8" and grades to laminated Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.311 (illus.).


    More Information: Kieser's artwork for this poster is an acknowledged masterpiece, as famous internationally as the Hendrix "flying eyeball" Bill Graham poster is famous in America. There have been a million reproductions made of this poster, but here's a chance to own a commanding original, with dimensions of almost three by four feet, clearly printed before Jimi's eight-date German tour 52 years ago.

    The fine-print credits on this poster are as follows:

    Design: Kieser (conceived and designed the poster)
    Portratfoto: Silverstein (took the photo of Jimi's face)
    Farbfoto: Novo Studio (took the photo of all the colorful wires)

    Condition details: Poster was laminated on the front in ‘wrap-around' fashion so that certain strips, flaps and portions of the thin-plastic lamination are present on the verso. The lamination is thin enough that the poster is easily rolled, and has a very shiny surface appearance. In the process, the poster was given a thin quarter-inch border of pink tape all the way around. This pink border could possibly be removed by an expert, but we strongly feel this poster is not a fixer-upper, it's mostly an "as-is" situation. The exception would be the four corners, which could be easily improved with a little repair work.

    Two horizontal creases are evident, across the poster through Hendrix's forehead and chin. There is also one significant tear in the poster, which starts under the fine-print credit strip (including Gunther Kieser) along the center right edge and goes eight inches over to the blue wire, where it turns vertical for another inch or so.

    There's also a few smaller tears which have less or no visual impact, always starting on the edges. The next biggest is a 3 ½" tear in the bottom white strip halfway between "Experience" and the left edge. The poster's top has four such tears, ranging from 2-3 inches each. The main ones go into the "E" in "Hendrix."

    A thing about these tears: They were repaired originally in 2-3 different ways, using either clear cello tape or beige masking tape on the verso, and they're further minimized by the protective lamination. Combine that with the very busy, colorful artwork and they pretty much get lost visually... not entirely, but mostly.

    We'll tell you about the corners, but collectors should note that this poster is not a condition play at all, it just "is what it is," as they say in the hobby. Due to the lamination, a close-up examination of little areas of damage doesn't make much sense. Naturally, there's the expected amount of surface creasing, dings, small stains or whatever, but we'll let the high-resolution photo speak for itself.

    As for those corners, the lower left has a triangle-shaped tear leaving a piece almost dangling but safe because of the lamination. The upper right corner also has a triangle-shaped tear but it's within the pink-tape border. The lower right corner has two tack holes and a larger nail hole, alongside a brown stain that might be old tape residue. And the upper left corner has the same, although the light stain may have been from liquid, and is mostly hidden in the art.


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    May, 2021
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
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