Grateful Dead helped make history at a recent auction thanks to one of their vintage t-shirts.
Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the yellow Grateful Dead shirt dating back to 1967 sold for $17,640 and “is believed to be among the first shirts mass-produced by the band, although in incredibly limited quantities.”
An original Grateful Dead T-shirt from 1967 sold for $17,640 through Sotheby’s on Friday, breaking the record for the most expensive vintage rock shirt sold at auction. https://t.co/tZz01WUKPP— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 19, 2021
The outlet also noted, “Designed by Hells Angel and graphic artist Allan “Gut” Terk, the simple yellow tee sold for nearly twice as much as a Led Zeppelin shirt from that band’s 1979 concerts at Knebworth, which previously held the record for selling for $10,000 in an eBay auction in 2011.”
Additionally, a second Dead shirt from the band’s 1977 show at Cornell University sold for $15,120 making it the second highest-selling vintage rock shirt to sell at auction.