Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins 1954 Open Door, New York Small Concert Poster. A vintage miniature poster, made of card stock, for jazz genius Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophone great Sonny Rollins playing at New York City's Open Door nightclub on Sunday evening, the Fourth of July, 1954. "The Greatest in Modern Jazz," it proclaims at the top, and it wasn't exaggerating.

    There's no question this is an unusual configuration, being so small but yet laid out exactly like a poster and made of card stock. This can't be called a handbill, it's definitely just a very small poster. (It also leaves a letter out of Monk's first name.)

    Bob Reisner presented the show and owned the nightclub. This item, and a couple others in this auction, actually came from Mr. Reisner's estate years after he passed away in the early 70's. And it was via the old-fashioned way... his heirs simply cleaned out his files and took them to an established flea market in New York City, where the first few lucky patrons to stumble across them took home some real treasures, including original vinyl pressings and a few posters like this.

    Measures 6 1/2" x 10" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. One pinhole top center; very slight creases in two bottom corner areas, barely visible; just a touch of surface markings above "Reisner" and above the "S" in "Rollins"; an almost indistinguishable edge crease to the right of "And"; even toning throughout; and "1954" written in pen after the date. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    8th-9th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 400

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold on Aug 9, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 38 days left to consign to the 2021 June 6 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    It was a great day! Thank you for the great work! I appreciate your help and attention on the sale.
    Richard L.,
    Island Park, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search