Jerry Garcia guitar on auction to back rights group

Going to a good cause. No doubt, Jerry would have readily agreed to it.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/jerry-garcia-guitar-auction-back-rights-group-181924682.html

Known as Wolf, Jerry Garcia’s guitar last sold in 2002 for nearly $800,000

 May 13, 2017
One of Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia’s most famous guitars is going back on auction, where it could fetch more than $1 million to back a civil rights group.

Known as Wolf, the electric guitar was custom-made by luthier Doug Irwin. Garcia debuted it at a 1973 concert in New York before the instrument — along with Hell’s Angels bikers — became ever-present during the Dead’s perpetual touring.

Dan Pritzker, a music-loving philanthropist who is an heir to the wealthy Chicago family known for the Hyatt hotel chain, bought Wolf for $789,500 from the auction house Guernsey’s in 2002.

Pritzker, who occasionally loaned the guitar to musicians, decided to put it back on auction, announcing that all proceeds would go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which wages legal battles against white supremacists and other hate groups.

“He called me three months ago to say he was concerned about the divisive things that are going on in the country and wanted to do something meaningful,” Guernsey’s president Arlan Ettinger said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has voiced alarm at a spike in hate crimes, especially targeting immigrants and Muslims, since President Donald Trump launched his campaign in 2015.

“As extremism moves from the fringe to the mainstream, we have a lot of work to do,” the Alabama-based center’s president, Richard Cohen, said in a statement.

“This remarkable act of generosity only strengthens our resolve,” he added of the guitar sale.

Guernsey’s will sell Wolf at a May 31 concert at the Brooklyn Bowl music venue, to which the auction house is hoping to draw major artists. Online bids will also be accepted.

Ettinger said it was difficult to estimate Wolf’s sale price, but that it could near record territory.

Wolf was last sold alongside another guitar Irwin made for Garcia, Tiger, which fetched just under $1 million, a record at the time.

In 2015, the Gibson on which John Lennon played “Love Me Do” and other early Beatles songs sold for $2.4 million, another record for a historic guitar.

Formed near San Francisco, The Grateful Dead became one of the emblematic bands of the hippie era, drawing “Deadhead” fans who found a sense of community traveling from show to show to experience the ever-evolving jam rock.

Garcia, who died in 1995, bequeathed his famous guitars to Irwin, who had become destitute. After initial objections from the rest of the band, the luthier took control and put the instruments on auction.

Unseen Footage of the Beatles on ‘Help!’ Set Unearthed – Rolling Stone

Another gem footage from Leo McKern, the pursuing antagonist in the film

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/unseen-footage-of-the-beatles-on-help-set-unearthed-w482183

Unseen footage of the Beatles on the set of their 1965 movie Help! will soon go on sale after the 8mm film was unearthed after 50 years in storage.

Actor Leo McKern, who played the evil swami Clang in the Beatles’ second feature-length film, shot the 8mm film while on the set of Help! The Beatles appear in 10 minutes of the footage, which has an asking price of approximately $45,000.

“This is footage taken in 1965 of people who at the time were the most famous people on earth at the pinnacle of their collective career,” books dealer Neil Pearson, who is selling the footage, told Reuters.

McKern reportedly filmed the Beatles during the Help! “snow scenes” in the Austrian Alps, with the group tobogganing and messing around with their stunt doubles on set.

There is also footage of candid behind-the-scenes moments between band members, including Paul McCartney smoking a cigarette and taking photographs.

The 8mm reel contains footage of McKern playing with his then-10-year-old daughter Abigail on the Help! set, as well as the Beatles’ then-wives and girlfriends on set, the Guardian reports. Leo McKern died in 2002. The “snow scenes” footage remained in the family’s garage until Pearson unearthed it while sorting through the McKern family’s collection of children’s literature.

Snippets of McKern’s footage will premiere Friday night on BBC1’s The One Show, with Abigail McKern and a pair of Help! cast members – actress Eleanor Bron and the man who played McCartney’s stunt double – discussing the 1965 movie and the unearthed film.