Backstage Auctions to Host Second Annual "Rock Art Poster Auction"

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Backstage Auctions to host second annual online auction of concert posters which will feature more than 1,000 historic rock concert posters representing four decades of music from the early days of the San Francisco music scene to current day artists.

Backstage Auctions has partnered with Arlene Owseichik, well known art director for Bill Graham for over two decades and Mark Powers, top poster authority, to host the second annual "Rock Art Poster Auction." "Last years poster auction was the largest online auction ever held and was so successful we couldn't pass up the opportunity to host another one this year," explains Jacques van Gool, co-founder Backstage Auctions.

Psychedelic rock and roll concert posters are the remaining, living proof of an era filled with rock’s greatest moments and this auction literally offers something for everyone who ever loved rock and roll. The posters, which date back from the 1960s, represent the San Francisco music scene where the concept of rock art was born. This year’s auction will feature more than 1,000 posters from the "Family Dog" and "Bill Graham" variant print collections as well as, the historic Grande Ballroom, Family Dog at Maritime Hall, Avalon and Great Highway collections.

Equally exciting this year is the addition of Arlene Owseichik’s personal collection. Arlene, who was the art director for Bill Graham for over two decades, designed posters for Bill Graham Presents in the 1980's and later became the Art Director. In her capacity as director, Arlene worked with so many artists on design projects, many of which were special projects that raised money for the Bill Graham Foundation. There are over 600 posters in her personal collection including posters from some of today’s more current artists featuring Randy Tuten, Harry Rossit, Chris Shaw, Jim Phillips and more.

“Preparing these posters for auction has been like a journey through the history of the rock era from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond,” explains van Gool. “Before the birth of rock art, most concert posters were merely show announcements until artists turned them into memorable works of art that went on to influence the designs of album covers, t-shirts, tour programs and merchandise in general.”

The “Rock Art Poster Auction” will begin on Sunday, August 20th and will run for one week and end on Sunday, August 28th. The full auction catalog will be available online to preview beginning Sunday, August 13th at

Backstage Auctions is a leading online auction company specializing in rock and roll memorabilia direct from the private collections of music industry professionals. Founded on the principles of combining their clients’ career achievements and popularity with the demand and interest of collectors and fans who desire truly authentic and unique collectibles, Backstage Auctions is the place where rock legends live on.


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