Jimi Hendrix ‘Flying Eyeball’ Poster Sells for More than $7,000 on eBay
The poster, called "BG105," (features the famous "flying eyeball" design by Rick Griffin. According to the seller, which is the company that handles Bill Graham's archives (the "BG" in the title), Griffin appropriated the image from the famed California auto detailer Von Dutch and added his own touches to reflect the psychedelic times.
This was a first printing, as indicated by the "5 of 105" marking in the lower left-hand corner. The seller, who offered a Certificate of Provenance upon request, claimed that another first printing sold for more than $19,000 earlier this year. Sixtiesposters.com calls the poster, "unquestionably the most sought after poster of the psychedelic-era" and "the defining Fillmore image."
Restoration work, namely in the form of filling in pinholes, has been performed on the poster to bring it to near-mint condition. There are a few creases, but no tears and the edges are clean.
Hendrix played the Fillmore on February 1 and 4, 1968. In between those days he performed at the Winterland, another Bill Graham venue,. The opening acts were Hendrix's biggest influence as a guitarist, Albert King, and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, so it was quite a show for guitar lovers!