Grateful Dead T-Shirt Breaks Record for Most Expensive Rock Tee Ever Sold
The 1967 T-shirt sold for over $17,000 at a Sotheby's showcase last week
The 1967 T-shirt is a yellow, screen-printed Russell Southern Co. tee — it's one of the first shirts the band ever mass-produced, though it was in limited quantities.
As reported by Defunkd, the shirt was originally owned by Dan Healy, an audio engineer who often worked with the Dead. The logo was designed by Hell's Angel and major 1960s counterculture figure Allan "Gut" Terk, who also made designs for Jefferson Airplane.
A 1977 Grateful Dead T-shirt was also sold at the same showcase for $15,120 USD, designating it as the second most expensive vintage rock tee ever sold. That one features the famous "Steal Your Face" skull logo.
Check out a tweet from the San Francisco Chronicle featuring the record-breaking 1967 tee below.
Designed by Hells Angel and graphic artist Allan "Gut" Terk, the 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. https://t.co/tZz01XclHn pic.twitter.com/4XZxYQDvKY— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 19, 2021