Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction To Bring Band’s Headiest Memorabilia To Chicago

Fare Thee Well isn’t the only Dead-related happening coming to Chicago this year. A new auction will give Deadheads a chance to own historical memorabilia from the band.

In celebration of the Grateful Dead’s 50-year legacy, former employees and friends of the Grateful Dead are bringing the most extraordinary private collection of Dead-related memorabilia ever at auction to the Chicagoland area on April 11-12.

Hosted 50 miles northwest of Chicago at Donley Auction Services in Union, Ill., the auction features artifacts spanning the entire career of the legendary American band, representing an unstoppable cultural revolution that they boldly unleashed on the world. From business documents, to previously unseen photographs, to rare vintage posters, the auction’s collection offers collectors a chance at owning intimate pieces of the band’s history.

Among the unique offerings:

  • The original written lyrics of “Fire on the Mountain”, the original written draft of the lyrics to “He’s Gone.”

  • The kitchen table from the Grateful Dead’s office in San Rafael, Calif. where the band gathered to drink coffee and consider the day.

  • Personal objects, including Jerry Garcia’s Colt .25 pistol.

  • An unparalleled collection of original Rick Griffin and Stanley Mouse artwork.

  • The “Soto List” – documentation of the band’s shows that lead to the creation of one of the first internet databases.

Bidding is online and by phone on April 11-12, with advance bidding offered as well. A press release is attached. Please take a look at the release and our website at to learn more.
Many of these items would be a prize score for any Deadhead. Check out pictures below of just some of the offerings…

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