DALLAS – A rare 1966 concert poster from The Beatles’ performance at New York’s Shea Stadium set a world record for the most expensive concert poster ever sold at public auction when it brought $137,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment Auction to $1.68 million on Saturday, April 4. The sale more than doubled its preauction estimate and boasted a sell-through rate of 96.5% by value sold.
The authentic cardboard advertising poster for the Fab Four’s appearance had been owned for the last 54 years by a Boston family who saved it out of pure Beatles fandom. Heritage Auctions previously sold another Beatles Shea Stadium poster for $125,000 in November 2019.
“This sale reinforced that music and entertainment memorabilia is something of a time capsule, mementos that preserve the work of great artists for their biggest fans,” said Pete Howard, concert posters expert at Heritage Auctions. “The Beatles’ Shea Stadium poster is considered one of the hobby’s Holy Grails, so we can’t be too surprised that it set the all-time record for a concert poster … and the demand for this poster is such that the winning bidder still might have gotten a bargain.”
The first Buddy Holly & The Crickets rare 1959 “Winter Dance Party” concert poster ever sold at auction drew bids from 56 collectors before finishing at $125,000. This poster promoted a concert on the Winter Dance Party tour in Mankato, Minnesota, Jan. 25, 1959, just eight days before the final performance of the tour. Of the five acts that appeared on that night’s bill, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were aboard the plane that crashed in what came to be known as rock ’n’ roll’s first tragedy.
One of the most identifiable accessories in music history, a Michael Jackson personally owned crystal-studded glove worn on stage during the HIStory World Tour (1996/97) obliterated its estimate of $4,000 when 28 competitive bidders drove the final price all the way to $106,250.