A guitar played by Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia sold for $1.9 million at a New York auction on Wednesday night. The guitar had been played from San Francisco's Winter Ballroom, to Egypt's Great Pyramids.
The sale price of the guitar (whose name is Wolf) includes the buyer's premium and the proceeds were earmarked for the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.
The guitar was owned by philanthropist film director Daniel Pritzker who bought the instrument in 2002 for $790,000.
“I’ve been a fan of The Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege,” said Pritzker. “But the time is right for Wolf to do some good.”
According to the auctioneer, Wolf first appeared in a 1973 New York performance the Grateful Dead gave for the Hells Angels.