By: Renee Grant

The iconic “Wolf” guitar that was once owned by Jerry Garcia is heading to auction in late May. Guernsey’s auction house in Brooklyn is set to sell the awesome ax, with proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Garcia first performed using the guitar at a private concert he played for the Hells Angels in New York City in 1973. The guitar, crafted by Doug Irwin was a go-to instrument for almost 20 years, recognizable by a cartoon sticker of a wolf below the bridge, added by Garcia himself. He retired it following a February 1993 concert in Oakland.

Irwin retained the guitar after Garcia’s death in 1995, selling it at a Guernsey’s auction in 2002 to its current owner for $700,000. That price set a world record, the most paid at the time for a guitar. The owner, who has remained anonymous, will now sell the guitar again at the May 31st auction at the Brooklyn Bowl.

“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,” the current owner says via a statement. “But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.”

If interested in bidding, or to get a look at the classic guitar, head to Guernsey’s website.


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