DescriptionSTANLEY MOUSE (American, b. 1940) and ALTON KELLEY (American 1940-2008)
The Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses with "Running Mouse" serigraphy stamp
Hand colored print
23 x 17 in.
Signed by Mouse and Kelly in the lower border
This "Skull and Roses" image was originally from a 1913 illustration by Edmund J. Sullivan in an edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. San Francisco psychedelic poster artists Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley adapted the image, and then incorporated it into a colorful poster in 1966 to advertise the Grateful Dead and Oxford Circle who were playing at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. It was instantly recognized as a classic Grateful Dead poster and may very well be the most well known San Francisco psychedelic poster.
It was this image which firmly established the skeleton and roses as an icon for this band and set the standard for all future Grateful Dead related works of art. This particular hand colored print of the famous image is signed by both Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley, and it has been uniquely framed by Alton Kelley in a multi-layered walnut frame with gold/bronze metallic insets.
Acquired directly from the artist.
From the Collection of Peter Golding.
Unless otherwise noted, this lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. Framed to an overall size of 41 x 33 in. Not examined outside of frame.
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2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas