Twin Cities auction house PASHCO POSTERS announces their upcoming auction of vintage rock memorabilia, capped off by a rare, signed Skolnick Woodstock NO-BLACK PLATE poster that’s expected to bid well into the thousands! Think “American Pickers,” “Rock and Roll,” and add a dash of “dreams really do come true” and you’ll be set for this auction.
Recently added, is a collection of vintage rock posters that may have been missed — if not for a quick encounter between auction house owner Paul “Pash” Pashibin, and a delivery woman.
“I had been on an all-day excursion,” Pash relates. “I was browsing through my last stop, in the basement of an antique shop, with a handful of old One-sheets. These are old movie posters that are machine folded, and stamped on the back with a number. The number is commonly mistaken by novice collectors as a limited edition, numbered poster. The poster numbering scheme actually works like this: The first two numbers are the year that the movie came out, and the second set of numbers is the number of movies published by that studio that year. So a poster with 69/112 would be the 112th movie published by that studio, in the year 1969. I had a few of these older One-sheets in my arms. I was unhappy with my findings that day, and I was crouched down looking through the last boxes, getting ready to leave. Just then a delivery woman came into this back room. She had a dolly loaded with boxes of books. She needed to get past me so she could drop the books in their receiving area. I really had no room, so I contorted my body so she could get past.”
And that’s when my eyes lit up. By moving to let the delivery go by, there were a set of tubes sticking out of an older book shelf – poster tubes, deeply tucked away. From Family Dog, to Easy Rider, to Jefferson Airplane and Zappa, I uncovered an amazing treasure.
PashCo Posters bring MANY of these uncovered posters to auction this March 22nd. The majority are in mint condition, as perfect as the day they were silkscreened.
Included in the auction are many Pandora Productions hippy / psychedelic posters from the 1960’s, including LOVE IS A FLOWER and one of the rarest BEATLES posters in existence. The Beatles poster came about when in 1969, an unmarked envelope showed up in Pandora Productions mailbox. It contained a photograph of the Beatles near the River Thames. The team at Pandora decided to create a poster from it and the rest is history. Not many of these were made available, and PashCo Poster purchased the remaining lot – the last of the items in the Pandora Collection. These posters defined the age of Aquarius and the summer of love, and are in amazing condition for being 45+ years old.
Many other rare and vintage posters and ephemera including Fillmore and Avalon Family Dog posters, original 1977 Star Wars memorabilia, and vintage blacklight posters will go on the block. The auction is topped of by two very rare and unique items. The first is an original signed Woodstock NO-BLACK plate poster. According to the artist Arnold SKOLNICK, because of the continually changing band lineup for the Woodstock festival, Rappaport Press printed the posters without the black plate, which could be quickly added later. The resulting graphic, stripped down to only the hand, guitar neck, bird and famous tag line, illustrates the dramatic branding impact of SKOLNICK’s iconic design. Additionally, just added is a very rare 1969 Pandora Productions OVAL. These test posters were NEVER SOLD the the public. They were experiments in paper, inks and the technology of the times. Very few exist and very few are available if ever found. These posters by Artist Jay Hines, are rare items of metallic / reflective silver that produce a mirror effect – and this rare opportunity to own iconic print history is available to the top bidders.
You can find out more about Pash and his collection, during his next auction, on March 22nd 2015 at 10AM CST. Potential bidders can check out all the treasures and review the catalog online here:
Once viewers sign up, they can begin to bid on items and participate in the live worldwide auction on March 22, 2015.