Ginormous Grateful Dead memorabilia auction coming to Chicago

Dead Heads Take Notice!  Donley Auction Services will present a once in a lifetime auction bringing an extraordinary private collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia to the Chicago area!

Former employees and friends of The Dead are presenting “The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction,” with nearly 700 items, which may be the largest collection of Dead memorabilia ever assembled.  It is estimated that it may well bring several million dollars at auction!!

The live, invite-only auction will be hosted at Donley Auction Services in Union, IL, BUT the public is invited to participate in the online auction now through the closing of the live auction on April 12. The public is also invited to attend a preview at the Donley Auction House on April 8 to get a sneak peek at some of the items up for auction. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Randy Donley of Donley Auction Services said, "The auction was scheduled well before the announcement of the “Fare Thee Well” shows this summer at Soldier Field, but the timing for this auction couldn’t be more perfect to celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary!"

A top lot is a Skeleton and Roses” Hand Painted Original Silkscreen, Grateful Dead, 1966, Stanley Mouse, Estimate: $66,000.00.  The auction catalog describes the lot this way:  The moment when Stanley Miller and Alton Kelley first saw the drawing of a skeleton and roses is one of the classic moments of Grateful Dead synchronicity. As Kelley said, “Look at this, Stanley. Is this the Grateful Dead or is this the Grateful Dead?” It was, as Jerry Garcia remarked, “perfect.” They took the image, added lettering and framework decoration, and shazam, had not only a Family Dog poster but also an image that would serve the Grateful Dead for the duration.  

(To view ALL 678 auction offerings, click here and see other cool items in the gallery below.)


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