Grateful Dead t-shirt from 1967 breaks record at auction sale

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A vintage Grateful Dead T-shirt from 1947 has broken a record at Soderby’s auction.

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Until the auction, the all-time record was held by a Led Zeppelin T-shirt from a 1979 show at Knebworth, which sold for $10,000 (£7,275) during an eBay auction in 2011.

A new Soderby’s auction has broken that record as the Grateful Dead t-shirt sold for almost double the price of $17,640 (£12,833).


According to a report on defunkd, The T-shirt comes from the collection of Dan Healy, an engineer who once worked for the group. The T-shirt is said to be one of the earliest official T-shirts ever made for the group.

The shirt was designed by Alan “Gut” Turk. T-shirt buyer Bo Bushel posted a video of Turk describing the shirt before buying it.

Back in August, Dead & Company recreated the Grateful Dead’s 1969 Woodstock set during a show held at the original festival site.

The US band – consisting of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kretzmann – took to the stage on Monday (August 23) in Bethel Woods, New York, as part of their current 2021 tour.

Completed by John Mayer, Ottil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, Dead & Company played an 18-song set that included the Grateful Dead’s five-song Woodstock ’69 setlist. Celebrations of the track began with ‘St’. Stephen’ is followed by ‘Mama Tried’, a cover by the late country artist Merle Haggard.


The group then performed ‘Dark Star’, ‘High Time’ and a version of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland’s 1969 song ‘Turn on Your Love Light’.

“Fifty years ago, right here, we tried this little sequence,” Bob Weir told the New York crowd. “And it didn’t work out so well for us, so we’re going to try again.”

Dead & Company’s current US tour ends in October with a trio of sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, California. View full schedule of dates Here.

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