Back in 2007, auctioneers Bonhams and Butterfields sold more than $1.1 million worth of former Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully’s memorabilia from his days with the band. On Sunday, Bonhams will auction off More Skeletons From The Closet from not only Scully, but also from the collections of Dead keyboardists Vince Welnick and Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan.
There are some incredible gems among the 174 lots that B&B plans to auction, and if we had won the lottery we’d have a big list of stuff we’d want. So, let’s play pretend. For this week’s B List we look at the ten items we’d most want from Sunday’s auction if we had an unlimited budget.
This gorgeous old beauty was used by the band to transport none other than Captain Trips, Jerry Garcia.
Here’s a chance to own the case that transported Jerry Garcia’s drugs! Okay, we’ve got no proof whatsoever, but we’d just assume this badass attache housed the good stuff.
READ ON for seven more artifacts we’d buy if we had a million dollars…
JGB bassist John Kahn laid down some of the chunkiest bass lines evs. For a skinny guy he sure got a fat tone. One of Kahn’s pride and joys was this 1958 P-Bass that still has most of its original parts. I’d love to rock a Don’t Let Go on this bad boy.
Robert Petersen wrote the words to Anthem of the Sun’s New Potato Caboose and Phil Lesh wrote the music, but this auction’s for Pig Pen’s handwritten lyric sheet. Not sure why Pig wrote down the words, but I still want it.
This keyboard represents everything I hate about the horribly over digitalized synthetic tones Vince Welnick added to the early ’90s-version of the Dead. I’d really like to buy this digital synth so I can smash it repeatedly. No offense to Vinnie, of course. I’ve got a few friends who wants Welnick’s shirts.
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan’s incendiary harp playing propelled many a Grateful Dead raveup. I’d totally jam the fuck out to a Turn On Your Lovelight using one of Pig’s Hohner Blues Harps which is up for sale.
Back in the ’90s, Paul McCartney put together a short film of Linda McCartney’s rock-n-roll photographs from the ’60s. Macca sent Vince a copy of the film along with this hand-written letter.
The word “epic” was born on a warm spring evening in Ithaca back in 1977 when the Dead gave one of the most well-known performances of all-time at Cornell’s Barton Hall. Here’s a chance to own two extremely-rare unused tickets for that show.
This was a gold record given to Jerry Garcia to celebrate the sales record of the greatest hits package, Skeletons From The Closet. It’d be nuts to own something that probably hung in ol’ Jer’s basement.
Each tour, the fine folks at the Grateful Dead offices put together a printed/bound booklet containing basic information about each stop on the trip. These booklets give a really cool look behind th scenes at life on the road for the Dead and their crew.
Are there any items from the auction that you have your eyes on? Let us know by leaving a comment below…