So You Wanted to Buy the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Painting?

A $25M sale in SF is showcasing iconic original album art

September 20, 2018 9:00 am

We’d bet that among our readership, there are at least a handful of dyed-in-the-wool Pink Floyd fans.

The kind who probably taped Dark Side of the Moon to their walls in high school.

What if we told you you could buy the actual painting — of a ray of light splitting into a rainbow spectrum — right here in SF? Would you want the details on where to find it?

Look no further: thanks to a new sale from the San Francisco Art Exchange, you can now bid on (or at the very least go ogle) original album art from some of the 20th century’s most popular bands, from the Stones to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin and the Cars. (And Johnny Cash. And Bob Dylan.)

Our first choice would unquestionably be the Dark Side of the Moon cover painting. It’s expected to go for well north of a million.

There’s plenty else, of course. Our picks:

1. Aladdin Sane. The face paint that spawned a thousand Halloween costumes (don’t hold it against Bowie).

2. Very Best of the Doors. Was sexuality ever so slinky? 

3. The Ultimate Experience. The man knew how to wear a coat. Even the marching band variety.

4. Abbey Road. Literally does not get more iconic than this.

5. Transformer. Welcome to the ’70s.

The show runs until October 31st, and you can visit any time between the hours of 10 A.M. and 6 P.M., Monday through Saturday. The Art Exchange is located at 458 Geary St., San Francisco.

Bring your wallets.

Image by Storm Thorgerson via Pink Floyd

The InsideHook Newsletter.

News, advice and insights for the most interesting person in the room.