A Grateful Dead t-shirt from 1967 has sold at auction for just under $18,000 ($17,640). See it here.
Belonging to the band's longtime engineer Dan Healy, it was part of the big Sotheby's eight-day online auction, From the Vault: Property from the Grateful Dead and Friends, which wrapped up yesterday (Thursday).
The shirt, which is in excellent condition, is believed to be one of the first ones they ever produced, with the design done by Allan “Gut” Terk, a former Hells Angel and Merry Prankster. Terk also pained the Merry Pranksters’ Further bus, designed the Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers album cover, and managed Blue Cheer. He died in 2018.
That wasn't the only shirt to sell for big bucks at this auction.
One from their 1977 show at Cornell University, featuring their lightning-skull “Steal Your Face” logo, sold for $15,120.
Prior to this sale, the most expensive vintage t-shirt sale was a Led Zeppelin one from their 1979 concerts at Knebworth house in England, which sold for $10,000 on eBay in 2011.