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Poster: RARE HISTORIC Elton John From Russia with USSR 1979 tour concert poster

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09 Nov 2019
03 Nov 2019
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1999
1053
United Kingdom
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Elton John
Poster
Russian Federation
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RARE HISTORIC Elton John From Russia with USSR 1979 tour concert poster
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Very rare and historic Russian poster from Elton John's tour of the Soviet Union in 1979. This was a historic tour because he was the first western artiste to perform in the Soviet Union - this was still the Cold War era. When I contacted Bonhams a few years ago to ask about this poster they told me that it was very rare - the only 3 they had seen belonged to Sir Elton himself (when he auctioned off a lot of his possessions a few years ago) and members of his crew. This poster came from a Sotheby's country house sale at the house of the late Sally, Duchess of Westminster. It is screenprinted, with orange patterning and red and blue lettering on a creamy white background, with two photographs of Elton John in bluescale. The words are all in Russian. It's a very attractive and unusual concert poster, looking a bit like a vintage circus poster in style. The condition is fair/damaged - the edges of the poster have been trimmed or folded over to make it fit the tall frame, and there is a some water staining on some parts of the edge - see photos (I will add more detail soon). However, it is very rare - the only other one I've seen a picture of is a much plainer style than this and does not have the photographs of Elton John.
I have never tried taking the poster out of the frame but it should be possible to remove it and post this without the frame, rolled up, or if you prefer I could leave it in the frame and buyer could collect from Liverpool or, if you were prepared to wait a few weeks until we can get someone to drive it down south, from a relative's address in North London. I think you will probably want to get it reframed anyway as the existing frame isn't anything special - we've just kept it in there for convenience and display. It doesn't have glass.
Overseas bidders please contact me - I'm not sure if I can get insured delivery overseas but I will find out if you are interested. I will only post to insured and signed for destinations.