Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Tom Derbyshire

Pink Floyd 1966 Marquee Club concert poster sold for £16,000 at Ewbank’s auction, top-seller in a group of seven.

The seven posters were destined to be thrown out during an attic clearance but thankfully for musical posterity the vendor decided he liked the look of them and kept them.

It was also a canny decision in financial terms – on December 13 at Surrey saleroom Ewbank’s (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) they all sold for sums well over the modest estimates.

Ewbank’s entertainment and memorabilia specialist Alastair McCrea said that the top-seller in this selection, a concert poster for the Marquee Club in London dated 22 & 29 December from 1966, marked IBIS Designs, 20in x 2ft 6in (51 x 76cm), was the only example of this type he had ever seen. Estimated at £500-800, it sold for a hammer price of £16,000 on thesaleroom.com.

All posters except two secured together went to different buyers, mainly online but with one bidder in the room.

Pink Floyd were formed in 1965 and these posters date from the days when the legendary Syd Barrett was still the frontman.