Monday, May 7, 2007

‘Grateful Dead’ Road Manager Collection For Sale

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia is long gone, but for many “Deadheads” the chance to own his stuff has come alive.

That’s because Laurence “Ram Rod” Shurtliff’s collection of things from his days as Grateful Dead’s road manager are being auctioned off in San Francisco beginning tomorrow (May 8).

Among the collection are hot items like two of Jerry Garcia’s guitars – a Travis Bean guitar valued at a cool $300,000 and a Doug Irwin guitar that’s going for $120,000.

During his stint as a Grateful roadie, Shurtliff amassed lots of band memorabilia, including a speaker from the “Wall Of Sound,” giant psychedelic prop umbrellas, and even an item that held the Dead’s special valuables – which Shurtliff owned until his dying day.

Bonham’s and Butterfield’s auction house spokeswoman, Margaret Barrett says Shurtliff transported the band’s “personal stash” in a Halliburton metal case that is both “x-ray-proof and sniff-proof.”

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