Velvet Underground & Nico / Andy Warhol – Original 1966 ‘The Trip’ Concert Poster

A very rare original concert poster advertising May, 1966 shows by Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable featuring the Velvet Underground and Nico, at the Sunset Strip club The Trip (the “New Shrine of Pop Culture”).

Silkscreened onto thin cardboard, the artwork reproduces the April 25, 1966 cover of Newsweek featuring a Roy Lichtenstein painting, and the Campbell’s Soup kids in the lower right corner. While the Velvet Underground was scheduled to perform two weeks of shows, the run was shut down by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department after a few nights.

This poster is highly sought after and for good reason–it’s from an early and legendary gig where the Velvets and Nico were part of Warhol’s multi-media Exploding Plastic Inevitable, has bold pop art colors, prominently mentions Warhol, and appropriates Roy Lichtenstein’s brilliant Time Magazine ‘Pop’ cover.

In Very Good condition, the poster has numerous pinholes in each corner and at the top center.  There is a bit of paper missing at the top left corner tip, and a small notch to the bottom center edge. There are two small circular holes about the diameter of a pencil, with surrounding small tears,  just below and to the left of ‘Pop’, and between the letters A and Y in ‘May.’  There is light discoloration/staining to the front, apparently from hanging near a gas heater in the 1960s.

A mint copy of this poster sold in 2022 for $45,000 at auction.

14″ x 22″



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