May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is a group of four items from the concert tours of the band Crowded House-two band-signed posters, a "World Tour 1987" concert tour crew polo shirt, and a "World Tour 1994" backstage pass. The 24 x 24 inch Capitol Records posters promote the band's 1986 debut album, Crowded House, and each has been signed by original band members Neil Finn, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester. Hester has signed both posters "Paulo", and Seymour and Finn have embellished their images with devil horns, a pirate patch and some unfortunate historic WW II references. Regardless, these two are wonderful, oversized autographed pieces by the Australian band. The posters are from 1986-1987 era when the album produced the Top Ten hits "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong". The posters present with moderate wear and edge tears and wrinkling. Excellent condition overall. The crew shirt presents with some mild staining. All of these items come from the archives of the tour bus company that served the band over the years, "Smooth Ride".

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

Pair of Crowded House Band-Signed Posters Plus 1994 Backstage Pass, and 1997 Tour Crew Polo Shirt (4 Pieces)  (Beckett Certified)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $50
Final prices include buyers premium: $58
Estimate: $100 - $200
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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