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  • A vintage Grateful Dead T-shirt from 1967 was sold at a Sotheby’s auction on Friday.
  • The T-shirt sold for $17,640, breaking the record for the most expensive vintage T-shirt to be sold at an auction.

A vintage Grateful Dead T-shirt sold for a much higher price than anticipated at a Sotheby’s auction on Friday.

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Originally expected to go for $6,000 to $8,000, the mango yellow T-shirt sold for $17,640, breaking the record for the most expensive vintage T-shirt to be sold at an auction.


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The T-shirt was designed by Allan “Gut” Terk, an artist and Hells Angel, who was “a key figure in California counterculture in the 1960s.”

Bo Bushnell, who runs the Outlaw Archive, a collection of 1960s motorcycle club and California outlaw momentos, was the winning bidder. With the additional fees, Bushnell spent a total of $19,315.80 on the shirt.

“We just did this to keep the memory of #GutTerk alive,” Outlaw Archive wrote on Instagram, “and to keep his history together under one roof.”


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Published on Oct 20, 2021