Vintage rock posters lead Sussex sale

A huge haul of rock posters featuring celebrated bands and performers from the late 1960s and early 1970s was the top lot in a West Sussex salesroom’s recent photographs, posters and prints auction.

The lot comprised a collection of 31 rock posters from bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. All of the posters were unframed and measured various sizes. They were finally snapped up for a hammer price of £5,500 at Bellmans Sussex.

A rock poster from a collection sold at auction

Elsewhere in the auction, rare images by leading photographers and contemporary artworks also saw strong demand. Some of the highlights included:

  • A Bill Brandt photograph entitled Nude from the East Sussex series of 1977. An ex-exhibition gelatin silver print, dry-mounted to coloured board, and signed by the photographer in ink on board verso sold for £850
  • A photograph of the actress Uma Thurman taken by Albert Watson in 1993 in New York achieved a hammer of £1,250
  • A colour lithograph by the French artist Bernard Cathelin, entitled Roses Blanches et bouteilles noires alongside three further works sold for £780

A photograph of Uma Thurman

Denise Kelly, entertainment and ephemera specialist at Bellmans, commented, “We were all very pleased with the outcome of this auction and we had great feedback from the buyers who were very complimentary about the presentation of the sale.”

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