Grateful Dead Auction Includes Jewelry Created By Owsley ‘Bear’ Stanley


An auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia is underway through Stremmel Auctions and includes posters, original Rick Griffin and Richard Biffle art, backstage passes, a Jerry Garcia owned Harley Davidson Motorcycle and many other items. Stremmel’s Grateful Dead auction, which closes on March 24 at 10 a.m. PT, also features five pieces of jewelry hand-crafted by Owsley “Bear” Stanley with a portion of proceeds set to benefit the Owsley Stanley Foundation.

The Harley Davidson once owned by Jerry is an original 1983 FXST Softail motorcycle. Jerry was gifted the motorcycle by a fan and title for the Softail eventually ended up with Brent Mydland. Other notable lots include a Terrapin Station Commemorative Gold Sales Award, a Built To Last Commemorative Platinum Sales Award, an Old & In The Way album cover signed by Jerry Garcia and a collection of 957 Grateful Dead backstage passes.

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a beloved figure in Grateful Dead history who financed the group in their early days and also recorded numerous concerts, was also a talented jewelry designer. Stremmel’s Grateful Dead auction features “Sun” and “Moon” pendants Bear created out of 22K gold as well as sterling silver and 24K gold “Steal Your Face” pendants. The Owsley Stanley Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 1,300+ concert recordings, a.k.a. “Bear’s Sonic Journals,” that Bear recorded over the years. Stanley taped many acts between the ’60s – ’80s including the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Jefferson Airplane and Fleetwood Mac. Head to the foundation’s website for more information or to donate directly.

All of the items included in the Grateful Dead auction can be viewed at Stremmel’s Reno gallery from March 21- 23 or by appointment. Photos and details of the hundreds of lots are available via Stremmel’s website ahead of the auction’s close on Saturday, March 24.