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Jerry Garcia's toilets go on sale
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead frontman died in 1995
Toilets, a dishwasher, and other items belonging to late Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia are going on sale to help a support group for separated families.

The auction on website eBay is expected to raise $100,000 (57,900) for the San Francisco-based Sophia Foundation.

The foundation's chairman Henry Koltys put the items into storage after buying and renovating Garcia's Nicasio, California, mansion in 1997.

He said many devoted Grateful Dead fans "want a piece of Jerry somehow".

Singer-guitarist Garcia died in 1995 of a heart attack, aged 53, while staying in a drug treatment centre.

No warranty

Other former Garcia property up for grabs on eBay between 18 and 24 December includes a freezer, stereo cabinets and cupboards.

The Sophia Foundation, a non-profit organisation, said all items were working when removed but are now being sold "as is" without warranty.

Mr Koltys said he expects fans of the Grateful Dead - so called Deadheads - will end up pushing prices higher than the $75,000 (43,400) value given to them by an appraiser.

A brass carriage lamp once belonging to Garcia will be donated to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Programme fundraising campaign.

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