Jerry Garcia Alligator Guitar & Comic Book Collection Among Items Going Up For Auction
Jerry Garcia’s famed Alligator customized Fender Stratocaster guitar is among the items from the late Grateful Dead guitarist that will be sold by Bonhams during an upcoming auction. Dubbed “Alligator! A San Francisco Rock Star’s Guitars, Art & More,” the auction will take place in Los Angeles on December 10.
The star lot of the 77-lot auction is Alligator, which was Garcia’s main guitar from mid-1971 to mid-1973. Graham Nash purchased the axe in 1970 from a pawnshop in Phoenix and gifted the guitar to Jerry in thanks for contributions Garcia made to his songs as per a listing on JerryGarcia.com. Alligator underwent many modifications which journalist Jesse Jarnow documented for an article published on Fender.com. JerryGarcia.com notes Jerry last played the guitar on-stage at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 1, 1973 and that Alligator is currently owned by the Jerry Garcia Estate.
Another Jerry Garcia guitar featured in the auction is a Martin D-28 acoustic Garcia used during the multi-band “Festival Express” tour of Canada in 1970. There are also multiple lots of classic comic books and issues of Mad Jerry collected as well as amplifiers, test pressings of an Aoxomoxoa remix and Workingman’s Dead, gold records, a set of typed lyrics for “Passenger” with annotations by Garcia, a signed picture of Larry Bird and other rare items. Head here to view the lots going up for auction on December 10.
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