Seldom do oversized concert photos of this caliber reach the auction market—and more rarely still do they showcase such megastars. According to our consignor, the quartet of matching 16x20 color photos (Queen, Bowie, Who and Townshend) were developed at NYC's Color Wheel Labs exclusively for Rolling Stone magazine and were never made available to the public as prints or posters. A fifth oversized example by photographer Elliott Landy measures 13x19 and captures the Band near Big Pink. Finally, and perhaps rarest of all, there are four smaller, 8-1/2 x 11" color photos of Sting from the Police's famous Synchronicity Tour. The collection averages EX/EX-MT condition overall with minor peripheral wear. More on our website.
Queen, Bowie, Who and Townshend - Produced either for display in the Rolling Stone offices or for the photographers themselves who sometimes gifted the photos to family or friends. To the best of our knowledge, it does appear likely that they're Type I based on their 1970s-80s-style paper stock, with the recognizable three-line stamping, "THIS PAPER / MANUFACTURED / BY KODAK." It's also important to mention that the Queen and Bowie shots were taken by noted photographer Neil Zlozower. The Band - Printed on more modern Hewlett-Packard paper, the b/w piece is signed by previous owner Alan Powell who was a drummer with several bands in the 1960s-70s. Sting/Police - A pair of intimate behind-the-scenes shots and a pair from the 12/12/83 show at England's Blackpool Opera House. Each of these also exhibits the aforementioned three-line Kodak stamping of the 1970s-80s period.