They fly around on mopeds plastering every square inch of available wall-space with their promo-posters for Ibiza’s clubs and parties. Next week they’ll rip them down to be replaced with another line up desperately seeking attention amid the uber competitive world that is the Ibiza Clubbing season. Though some consider them an eyesore, their use is so prolific that they have become as much of the Ibiza view as a whitewashed house or drunken tourist. Chances are we’d all have been taking rather more interest in them had we known their potential future value.
Now before you run off down to the closest empty shop-front with a bin bag and ideas of a comfortable retirement to come, it is important to understand that values, where there is a value at all, are still relatively modest. An unsuccessful boat party in 2013 is unlikely to ever have a value beyond it’s lesson that the streets and seas of Ibiza are not paved with gold. But many people reading this will have walked by hundreds, thousands, of posters that are now fetching 25-50€ a go. Many in this price range are from the late nineties and very early noughties. Names such as Manumission, Cream and Renaissance are all sought after. How many of their posters could you have kept at 25€ a go. Next up in the poster pecking order are early Club posters— , Amnesia, Privilege, Space and Pacha etc but you need to take care as some of the iconic designs have been reproduced for decoration and it is only the originals that have a collector’s value.
At the top of the tree financially, in part due to it’s legendary status but also because the designs were often works by recognised artists, are the Posters of Ku. For those unaware of Ibiza’s clubbing heritage Ku was the predecessor of Privilege and hosted such music luminaries as Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Divine, Freddie Mercury, Sigue Sigue Sputnik (they seem to have liked them a lot more here than in the UK) and the one and only James Brown. Their posters were designed by 3 main artists, Yves Uro, Jean Giraud and Nasel. Interest is such that an exhibition of Vintage Ibiza club art was held in January this year at the London Museum of Contemporary Art.
It is hard to place values on specific Ku posters as so few are available for sale—as with all posters the value depends on factors including condition, rarity, subject etc. The facebook group Ku Ibiza Best Years posts many designs (and it’s worth a visit for anybody interested in Clubbing history) Anybody interested in finding out more, or selling any of their own posters, could visit the collectors auction and archive site Catawiki.
There are many Ku posters documented there, but none currently for sale. We did find a few other examples that show Ibiza Club posters to be an appreciating yet still affordable area. It would be a shame to focus entirely on their value—there are some great designs—I’ve framed up a few including a couple of Ku, Manumission etc from my own stashed collection (sometimes being a hoarder pays off) and to my eye they are aesthetically and evocatively far better than anything you might buy new retail.