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Legendary Finest Known by Eric King Specimen expected to command world record price

The finest quality specimen of the 1966 Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses concert poster to appear at auction

The Finest Known by Eric King Specimen of the legendary 1966 Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses FD-26 concert poster is now up for auction. The poster has been independently authenticated and graded 9.4 by CGC, the finest quality CGC graded example to ever cross the auction block.

The poster, expected to command a world record price, is offered by Psychedelic Art Exchange at Bidding is now open and ends Thursday, August 9th, at 9:00pm eastern.

"This is universally recognized as one of the 'Holy Grails' of the entire genre," explains Glen Trosch, President of Psychedelic Art Exchange. "That's because this poster has history, rarity, quality, and one of the most famous counter culture images, all in one mind-blowing package."

The poster was designed by legendary concert poster artists Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse. It was used to promote two Grateful Dead concerts held September 16th and 17th, 1966 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, Ca. The famous "Skeleton and Roses" design would later be appropriated by the band as their logo.

"The quality of this poster is simply astonishing," added Trosch. "It's so bright and fresh that it's hard to believe it's almost 52 years old. It's easy to understand why CGC graded it 9.4, the highest grade to appear at auction. But what's even more impressive is that Eric King, the man that literally wrote the book, says this is the finest quality specimen he has seen in the past five decades. That's why our phones are ringing off the hook!"

Eric King is the famous concert poster expert, researcher and author of "The Collector's Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters and Handbills, 1966-1973." On the back of the poster King has inscribed, "In terms of condition, this is the best copy I have ever seen."

The auction also features over 200 other vintage 1960's concert posters. All of the posters have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC, the world leader for independent third party authentication and grading of collectibles. All lots are being sold unreserved and all lots have a starting bid of just $1.00. Check out the auction at

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