Friars Club’s grand plan for poster exhibition

David Bowie poster from Friars Club
David Bowie poster from Friars Club

The man behind legendary music club Friars wants to hold a major exhibition of memorabilia next year.

David Stopps is hopeful of convincing Aylesbury’s County Museum to be the venue.

The founder said: “We’ve been talking to them for a long time about it.

“I think there would be a lot of interest in it, so we live in hope.”

The club is trying to expand its archive by selling Friars posters it has multiple copies off to finance those it does not possess.

This week a rare Friars Club David Bowie poster sold for more than £2,000 on eBay and another has been gifted to the superstar for free.

A buyer from Japan bought the poster advertising an Aylesbury gig in 1972 for £2,200, with the famous music club using the money to invest in missing posters for its archive.

Joseph Stopps, son of David and part of the Friars team, said: “It’s fantastic, it did really well.

“It’s quite interesting that one of the biggest collectors in the world for Bowie is himself.

“We didn’t think it was fair to have him bidding for his own gig so we are passing one on to him directly. We told 
him you don’t have to get involved.”

Mr Stopps said the money pays for the two rare Genesis posters missing from their archives which were bought for £1,000.

The club is now on the lookout for a red double crown Bowie poster from September 1971 which it believes will 
fetch a similar price to this sale.

Joseph added: “We know of at least one in existence so there’s got to be some more out there.”

Friars also sold posters from The Clash’s 1982 gig for £410, a Siouxsie and the Banshees poster from 1980 which sold for £127, a 1982 Simple Minds poster for £84 and The Kinks poster from the same year for £65.