Rare fes­ti­val posters raise record sums

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Jonathan Coles Re­porter 01225 322206 jonathan.coles@reach­plc.com

A pair of his­toric Bath Fes­ti­val posters have sold for record sums at auc­tion af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered by chance in an at­tic. The items, which were used as ad­verts for the 1969 and 1970 events, were bought for £1,500 and £2,300 re­spec­tively. Both of the posters were dis­cov­ered by Martin Hughes, of Wes­sex Auc­tion Rooms, while he was look­ing through a seller’s col­lec­tion of vinyl records in their Bris­tol loft and he im­me­di­ately knew they were worth some­thing. The seller had for­got­ten he had them and was sur­prised when Martin thought they were worth sell­ing. Martin said: “They are very hard to come by - they weren’t the kind of things you could buy. “Usu­ally, they’d just be put up in a shop then ripped down. “When the owner said he had them I men­tioned they might be the best thing. I just knew they were rare.” Mr Hughes, who is direc­tor and mu­sic spe­cial­ist at the Chip­pen­ham val­uers, was stood on the ros­trum at the spe­cial­ist Vinyl Records and Mu­sic Mem­o­ra­bilia auc­tion as the posters were sold. The 1970 item was snapped up by a Led Zeppelin col­lec­tor, all the way from the United States of Amer­ica. “He had been look­ing for one for 15 years, ap­par­ently,” he said. “If you look at it, it’s quite spe­cial. “It’s un­usual to see Pink Floyd halfway down the bill and Led Zeppelin sec­ond. Ini­tially val­ued at be­tween £400 and £500, Mr Hughes said the seller is now a very happy man. “He was watch­ing it live on­line at home, and he’d emailed me be­fore I’d even left the stage. “Mu­sic is one of those ar­eas where you never know what you’re go­ing to find. “Some­one else might have one you just don’t know what items will be worth.”

The posters from 1970, top, and 1969, be­low, raised £3,800

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