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Published: 2013/12/12

Jerry Garcia’s 1977 Travis Bean Guitar Exceeds Auction Expectations

Jerry Garcia’s iconic Travis Bean TB500 electric guitar was sold for a whopping $238,700 at an auction over the weekend. The axe—which was used during the Terrapin Station recording sessions and was played by Garcia at numerous concerts—was expected to pick up somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000 at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols: Rock n Roll sale, but exceeded expectations. reports that a number of other items were sold at the auction, including Jimi Hendrix’s embroidered vest ($53,125), Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes ($76,800) and his 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood limo ($96,000), as well as a red lamé jacket that Michael Jackson wore during his Victory Tour ($83,200). Interestingly, Paul McCartney’s 1964 custom Hofner bass was sold for much less than Garcia’s guitar, garnering a top bid of $201,800.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Dunwoody December 12, 2013, 13:37:54

Estimates are for strike price; reported prices include buyer’s premium. Probably hit about at estimate after factoring that in. Still, a big sale!

joe December 12, 2013, 13:44:25

Yeah that jacket was pretty lame.

Mr Random December 12, 2013, 14:14:26

Sir Paul’s bass most likely sold for less since he is among the living.

otherone December 12, 2013, 19:28:58

Apparently selling PB&Js at Dead shows can earn you enough to over-pay for Jerry’s axe.

BrianOC December 16, 2013, 10:49:48

Wow, can’t believe that Jerry’s guitar went for more than Paul’s bass. Amazing.

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