UNION, Illinois -- It is the single largest assembly of Grateful Dead memorabilia ever – and it is all going up for auction.
It has been a longtime in the making, but self-professed “Dead Head” and longtime friend of the late Jerry Garcia Lisa Purze is blown away by the massive collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia she and 16 other contributors are about to send out into the world.
“They’re a legacy,” she says. “This is history. This is living history.”
The 700-plus pieces being auctioned this weekend at Donley Auction in Union Illinois could fetch millions of dollars.
Everything from Mickey Hart’s drum sticks, the bands business licenses, concert tees, tickets and posters to an old Garcia travel kit and things much more personal and pricey.
“We have one of Jerry Garcia’s own t-shirts that he wore in concert, something he sweat in himself.”
One of a kind posters, the last book Jerry Garcia ever read, Robert Hunter’s original hand written lyrics for he’s gone.
Artwork is also included like Jerry Garcia originals and oil paintings by Rick Griffin.
The auction coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary and was planned long before the upcoming Chicago concert was announced.
Friends and former employees are simply hoping to put a little Dead history and good vibes back out into the world.
Chicago native Lisa, says she is happy to give someone else a chance to relive that part of their lives or introduce the Dead to a new generation of fans. Portions of the auction go to charity, money from ticket sales and some auction items will go Mickey Hart’s charity for teens and young adults living with autism