The Beatles’ “Peace to Monterey,” a psychedelic sketch drawn by all four members, was created for the Monterey Pop Festival program book in 1967. The original artwork, kept in a vault for nearly 40 years, is being sold by a marketing company in Muncie, Indiana. Bids are being accepted at the website peacetomonterey.com.
Muncie, IN (Billboard Publicity Wire/PRWEB ) September 7, 2007 — “Peace to Monterey,” a rare psychedelic sketch by all four Beatles, is offered for public sale by an Indiana marketing company.
Bidding on the original artwork begins September 6 at peacetomonterey.com. An art show and sale, “Classic Rock & Roll Art by Tom Wilkes,” will open the same day in downtown Muncie, Indiana, home to The Allan Hays Company, who is managing the sale of the original artifact. Lithograph prints of “Peace to Monterey” will be on exhibit, along with other prints of the GRAMMY Award winner’s works, through September at Doc’s Music Hall.
“Peace to Monterey” is an original drawing with felt marker, colored pencil and ink — the only known visual art to which all four members contributed. The drawing was created in 1967 during the recording of “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and included in the Monterey Pop Festival program book later that year.
Wilkes, who was art director for the Monterey Pop Festival, is selling the original Beatles art to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic three-day music festival, and of the artwork.
Kept in a safe deposit box for nearly 40 years, he calls it “the Dead Sea Scroll of rock and roll.” It is believed to be the most valuable Beatles artifact ever offered for public sale.
“This classic piece of rock art offers a unique view into the minds of a group considered to be biggest pop culture icon of the 20th century,” Wilkes said. “It has significant cultural value as an artistic document, as it celebrates a time of great spiritual and political change in the world. And now, 40 years later, their message of peace is just as relevant.”
The Allan Hays Company, LLC, is an internet, multimedia and marketing company with offices in Muncie, Indiana, and Pioneertown, California.