Jerry Garcia’s Letter to a Vogue Model

Some lucky, wealthy fan of The Grateful Dead is about to meet The Grateful letterhead.

Per a report by Fine Books magazine, items up for bid at a forthcoming Boston auction include a rare and rather epic letter by Jerry Garcia. The genesis for the letter was an Upper West Side party, where he met a fashion model. The party took place around the time of a series of performances by the band in the fall of 1980 at Radio City Music Hall.

Two years later, Garcia composed the letter in stages, completing it in June on some Hotel Parker Meridien New York letterhead. From the Fine Books article:

“The rarity of this handwritten letter cannot be overstated,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction. “Research indicates no others ever being on the market — even Garcia himself noted, ‘This is the first letter I’ve written in years.'”

“The unique sketch he drew of the [University of California, Berkeley’s] Greek Theater, is particularly poignant as it relates to their Bay Area roots,” he continued. “This year would have been the band’s 50th anniversary.”

The auction will take place January 22. For a peek at the letter, click here.

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