Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead memorabilia auction preview begins today

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Head stock on a Jerry Garcia custom made electric guitar by Doug Irwin 1971. Mother of pearl inlay depicting eagle. Some 120 lots of instruments played on stage by the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia are previewed beginning today through May 18 auction.
Photos By John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Much of the magic of the Grateful Dead goes on auction in a few days, with fans invited to bring recallable memories today for an closeup preview.

Public preview of 120 lots runs until May 18 auction at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco, the third largest art dealer in the world, located 220 San Bruno Avenue.

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Massive banner of Jerry Garcia used at his memorial service in Golden Gate Park, August 13,1995

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Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Travis Bean, circa 1975

Spotlighted in the sale are Jerry Garcia-played instruments. The circia 1975 Garcia electric guitar made by Travis Bean was seen in numerous photos, played on several stages, and used in recording sessions.

As well as memories, acidic or otherwise, fans are advised to bring a fulsome wallet. The Travis Bean electric guitar is expected to bring from $250,000 to $300,000.

In addition to instruments, other memorabilia will be auctioned including clothing, posters, and photos from the era.

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A Boston Celtics jacket signed by team members gifted to Ram Rod by Bill Walton 1980s

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Jerry Garcia acoustic guitar by Alvarez-Yairi and Modulus, 1991. Custom made

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Original album cover “Live Dead” 1969

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Large collection of wine left over from backstage at numerous Grateful Dead concerts, 1970′s-1990′s. Approximately 125 bottles

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A vocal microphone gate opener mat used onstage, 1980s-1990s

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Ram Rod Shurtliff guitars – left and right- 1920′s acoustic guitars by C.F. Martin and Co., center – acoustic guitar by Gibson

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A Ram Rod 12 string Acoustic guitar by Taylor, 1980s

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Gold records

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A Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Gibson. (L-5 S) Circa 1974

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Color photos

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Jerry Garcia color photo. circa 1968

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Jerry Garcia paintings, this one “Footprints in the Sands of Time” signed and limited edition. 1990s

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A Ram Rod Shurtliff Washburn banjo, circa 1980s

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Ram Rod custom made leather jacket

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Ram Rod Harley Davidson Sportster/ Superglide motorcycle, 1971. Background – paintings by Jerry Garcia

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Merry Pranksters/Grateful Dead concert poster. Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, Oct. 31, 1966

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