Grateful Dead memorabilia set to rock at Bonhams auction



2015-06-26 11:01:04

Grateful Dead memorabilia set to rock at Bonhams auction

14 Mar 2012, 09:28 GMT

Grateful Dead fans are in for a treat in May, as Bonhams presents their ‘Visions of Garcia’ auction in San Francisco.

The sale will feature a wealth of original Jerry Garcia artwork, guitars and unique memorabilia from the band’s history, along with amplifiers and speakers used during their legendary live shows.

Garcia’s artwork will be the main attraction for many, and the collection includes watercolours, airbrush artwork, sketchbooks and an oil painting (one of just five he ever painted).

The oil painting, entitled ‘Mood River’, was painted circa 1959 and depicts a multi-coloured terrain below a blue-yellow sky. Originally gifted to his brother, the work will appear in the sale with an estimated value of $100,000 - $150,000.

Also included are a set of two sketchbooks circa 1991 featuring previously unseen artwork valued at $65,000 - $75,000, the famous airbrush artwork Wetlands II valued at $150,000 - $180,000 and a pair of airbrush artworks entitled Alien Craft & Brain priced at $120,000 - $180,000.

As previous sales have shown, Garcia’s guitars are highly sought after by collectors and this event looks set to continue the trend. His acoustic Takamine guitar, which appears on the covers of both ‘Pure Jerry Vol. 8’ and ‘Ragged But Right’ will feature with a pre-sale estimate of $100,000-$150,000, alongside an Ibanez guitar created specifically for Garcia in 1977 valued at $50,000 - $60,000.

Elsewhere in the sale, collectors will get the chance to bid on items including a pair of Garcia’s sunglasses, original album cover artwork and photography, the original Skull and Roses banner seen in The Grateful Dead Movie and even a Garcia-owned 1983 Harley Davidson motorcycle (valued at $40,000 - $60,000).

The event is scheduled to take place on May 8, to coincide with the 35th anniversary of their famous show at Cornell University’s Barton Hall in 1977 (widely considered to be one of the best live performances in their 30-year history).


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