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Rare Grateful Dead items up for auction

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More than 100 rare items from the Grateful Dead are up for auction. The widow of the band's longtime lawyer is selling items she collected over a span of 30 years.

Items include Jerry Garcia signed artwork, invitations to his wedding and backstage passes, as well as a unique set of banners used as the backdrops for 88 concerts around the world.

One of the larger pieces of memorabilia is a set of banners used as the backdrops for 88 concerts around the world and a poster from a Lake Tahoe show in 1968, when tickets cost only $3.50 at the door.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports some of the items are expected to go for as much as $100,000 when they’re sold online by a Reno art gallery and auction house. The auction ends December 9.

Side Notes:

About the lawyer, Hal Kant, the Journal wrote:  "Hal, who represented everyone from Janis Joplin to Sonny and Cher, served primarily as counsel for the Dead, considered the titans of tie-dye and pioneers of psychedelic jams. The attorney was one of the first lawyers in the 1960s to represent the artists instead of the industry. “

The auction also includes two golf bags, one signed by Alice Cooper.

For more information contact the Hudson Stremmel Gallery in Reno, Nevada


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