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Grateful Dead Memorabilia

Known for their instinctive improvisations and psychedelic folk-to-electric style, the Grateful Dead is a group that defined the '60s, creating a massive following of fans also known as “Deadheads.” For 30 years, the group toured extensively, performing for capacity crowds and enjoying commercial success with both music and merchandising.

Founded in 1965, the Grateful Dead had five original members, vocalist-guitarist Jerry Garcia, vocalist-guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, drummer Bill Kreutzman, and keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKenna. A second lineup brought Micky Hart on drums and Tom Constanten on the keyboard, plus other talented artists. Over the band’s career, combined members recorded a total of 15 studio albums and performed at over 2,000 concerts. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, but disbanded the following year after the Jerry Garcia passed away. Remaining band members continued playing music after his death and continued on with successful group and solo careers.

For a collector looking to invest in Grateful Dead memorabilia, the availability of merchandise is abundant, especially with t-shirts and vinyl. Collectors can expect to pay high prices for older posters, original art, and band members’ autographs.


Quick Facts

  • The Grateful Dead’s May 1977 concert at Cornell University’s Barton Hall is preserved in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry
  • Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is producing a documentary about the Grateful Dead
  • In April 2015, nearly $75,000 of Grateful Dead memorabilia was stolen from an Illinois auction house. It was awaiting shipment out of the facility when it was stolen

Recommended Items at Auction

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VINTAGE GRATEFUL DEAD CALGARY TOUR T SHIRT
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
VINTAGE GRATEFUL DEAD CALGARY TOUR T SHIRT
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $200- $300
$253 Bids
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Grateful Dead: Limited Edition Lithograph of FD-26
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Grateful Dead: Limited Edition Lithograph of FD-26
by Bonhams
Est: $500- $700
$5001 Bid
GRATEFUL DEAD. Oxford Circle, Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. Sept. 16-17". San Francisco
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
GRATEFUL DEAD. Oxford Circle, Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. Sept. 16-17". San Francisco
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €240- €300
€2400 Bids
GIOVANNI MARTINO AMERICAN 1908-1998
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
GIOVANNI MARTINO AMERICAN 1908-1998
by Trinity International Auctions & Appraisals, LLC
Est: $700- $900
$5000 Bids
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RARE LIMTIED EDITION GRATEFUL DEAD UNCIRCULATED TOUR POSTER
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
RARE LIMTIED EDITION GRATEFUL DEAD UNCIRCULATED TOUR POSTER
by Activity Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3500 Bids
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The Grateful Dead: Signed Tour Poster
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
The Grateful Dead: Signed Tour Poster
by Bonhams
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$4,0000 Bids
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Grateful Dead and other: Psychedelic handbills
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Grateful Dead and other: Psychedelic handbills
by Bonhams
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$5,0000 Bids
Jerry Garcia Signed The Grateful Dead Vinyl LP Certified
Oct 31, 10:00 PM GMT
Jerry Garcia Signed The Grateful Dead Vinyl LP Certified
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£7500 Bids
NIKE SB YELLOW GRATEFUL DEAD BEARS.
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
NIKE SB YELLOW GRATEFUL DEAD BEARS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Jack Vettriano 31.5x23.5 Colour Print Titled 'Elegy for the Dead Admiral'. Print Shows a Lady
Nov 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Jack Vettriano 31.5x23.5 Colour Print Titled 'Elegy for the Dead Admiral'. Print Shows a Lady
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £14- £18
£140 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Grateful Dead Memorabilia


Bonhams

Bonhams

Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

Trinity International Auctions & Appraisals, LLC

Trinity International Auctions & Appraisals, LLC

Chaucer Covers & Auctions

Chaucer Covers & Auctions