If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of Grateful Dead history, Sotheby’s is hosting a one-of-a-kind auction. Featuring hundreds of unique items from throughout the bands’ storied history, From the Vault: Property from the Grateful Dead and Friends is a collection of items from Grateful Dead Productions and from the bands’ inner circle.
The wide array of instruments, equipment, and collectibles features everything from some of Jerry Garcia’s old guitars to posters to remaining pieces of the bands’ infamous ‘Wall of Sound’ public address system. The collection goes deeper with items from crew members ‘Big’ Steve Parish, Lawrence ‘Ram Rod’ Shurtliff along with an epic t-shirt collection from the band’s longest-serving sound engineer, Dan Healy.
The Grateful Dead may have formed all the way back in 1965 but the surviving members are still taking the show on the road. Weir, Kruetzman, and Hart have been touring along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbage, and Jeff Chimenti as Dead and Company while Phil Lesh is set for a nine-night residency at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester this month with a rotating cast of players. For updates on band members’ activities, you can visit Dead.net.
If I had the disposable income, I’d have my eye on one of Bob Weir’s guitars or one of the limited edition posters. Just keep in mind many of these items are expensive but if you’d like a chance to bid here’s how it all works. Auction lots begin closing Thursday (10/14) at 2:01 PM EDT and will begin closing at a rate of one per minute until all 226 items have been sold.
Enjoy a few samples of items that are available down below. For the full list be sure to link up with Sotheby’s here.