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Velvet Underground – 1968 Concert Poster Exhibited at Andy Warhol Museum, From Sterling Morrison Collection

A very rare original concert poster advertising shows by the Velvet Underground, The Hallucinations (Peter Wolf, pre-J.Geils Band) and Bo Grumpus, at The Boston Tea Party in May 1968. The poster, featuring a large profile photo of Lou Reed, measures a large 17”x 22 1/4” (artwork by David Lang.)

This exceptional poster comes from the archive of the late Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison. For the past 19 years it has been on loan to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where it was exhibited as part of the 1986 exhibition All Tomorrow’s Parties: Remembering the Velvet Underground/ The Martha and Sterling Morrison Collection and after that, on a rotating basis.

We acquired the poster from Sterling’s widow, Martha, and it was shipped to us directly from the Warhol Museum (we will provide the buyer with copies of documentation from Warhol Museum noting this.) The back of the poster has Sterling Morrison’s archive stamp and his handwritten inventory number.

The poster is in overall very good condition, and displays beautifully.  As with the only other copy we’ve seen, Lou Reed’s name (just below his chin) has been blacked out with marker —undoubtedly because the other band members would have taken exception to his being singled out.  There is a small typo that has also been blacked out, between the words “Thursday”and “Friday” at the bottom (also done on the other example we’ve seen.)  There is some creasing to the corners, a small crease at the bottom, and a horizontal crease on the left edge 3 1/2” from the top.  As you can see from the photo, none of these are serious distractions and this will frame beautifully.

A rare opportunity to obtain a very rare and highly desirable Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol poster with exceptional provenance—owned by a band member, and exhibited at the Warhol Museum. With Recordmecca’s lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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