Vintage San Francisco rock concert posters remain a unique American art form

We Wilson rock concert poster

San Francisco in the ’60s brings thoughts of hippies and psychedelic rock, but the counterculture manifested itself in all the arts. Some of the rare 45 R.P.M. recordings from San Francisco bands have become valuable, but for collectors of the era’s artifacts, the greatest prizes are often original copies of the posters that promoted concerts in the Bay Area’s ballrooms and clubs. The best of those posters are magnificent examples of 20th century art and design and collectors are paying premium prices to own a slice of this era of American pop culture. Read More +

Tancredi oil on canvas leads Clars’ largest sale in 40 years

Parmeggiani Tancredi

Clars Auction Gallery is celebrating the largest fine art and antiques sale in the firm’s 40 year history, following its May 19-20, 2012 fine art sale. “It was phenomenal to watch the bidding come in from around the world and energy on the sale room floor,” said Deric Torres, Clars’ director of decorative art and furnishings. An important abstract by Italian artist Parmeggiani Tancredi lead the sale at $225,950. Read More +