So Minnesota: Buddy Holly concert poster once owned by Minnesota woman sells at auction for $125,000

Joe Mazan
Updated: April 20, 2020 10:54 PM
Created: April 09, 2020 04:31 PM

One Minnesota woman has a cool connection to a piece of rock and roll history.   

Jan Bucek-Eggers, of Victoria, took a concert poster after seeing Buddy Holly perform at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato during the Winter Dance Party back in 1959.


"It's just a crazy story," Bucek-Eggers said.  "I saved it, that's how I looked at it."

At the time of the concert, Bucek-Eggers was a 16-year-old Waterville High School student.

A week later in Iowa, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash.  

"It was just total disbelief." 

For decades, Bucek-Eggers kept the concert poster, eventually selling to a collector about 15 years ago for an undisclosed amount.

"He paid us a lot of money at the time." 

Eleven Winter Dance Party Shows occurred before the plane crash. Only three posters from that tour are known to exist.

This month, Bucek-Eggers former poster was put up for auction for the first time and sold for $125,000. 

"It's really strange," Bucek-Eggers said. "I mean I just couldn't believe it."

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