Grateful Dead Memorabilia to Be Auctioned in Illinois | NBC Chicago

Grateful Dead Memorabilia to Be Auctioned in Illinois



    Jerry Garcia.

    There might not be a China Cat Sunflower or a Box of Rain available, but a new Grateful Dead auction certainly has some band memorabilia fans won't want to miss.

    Deadheads who missed out on snagging a ticket for the band’s July farewell shows at Soldier Field can still visit Union, Illinois for a one-of-a-kind experience.

    Auctioneers at Donley Auctions will award items from a large collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia to the highest bidder during their Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction on April 11-12.

    Items range from posters created by artist Stanley Mouse, to furniture like Garcia’s antique carved lion’s foot Morris chair (estimated worth $50,000) to the wooden desk from the band’s Lincoln Avenue office in California (estimated worth $20,000). Auctioneers even have the original draft of “He’s Gone,” valued at an estimated $150,000.

    A Colt .25 pistol owned by the band’s lead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, will also be available but it does not have a reserve price. Randy Donley, the owner of Donley Auctions, said celebrity guns can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Fans don’t have to travel to Union to grab a piece of music history. Music buffs can bid online for their favorite souvenirs, and there are a lot. More than 700 Grateful dead items are expected to go up for auction.

    A sneak peek at the auction items is available through an online catalog. 

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