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Friday, 2 November, 2001, 13:35 GMT
Grateful Dead guitar case settled
Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia (second right) died in 1995
A custody battle over four guitars belonging to the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia has been settled.

The guitars' maker Doug Irwin and the surviving members of the band had been tussling over ownership of the axes.

Now a tentative agreement to divide the guitars - named Rosebud, Tiger, Wolf and Headless - has been reached to divide them up.

Under the settlement, Mr Irwin will keep the instruments named Wolf and Tiger, while Grateful Dead Productions will retain the remaining two.

Live

Grateful Dead Productions is all that remains of the legendary rock group led by Garcia between the 1960s and 1990s.

The Grateful Dead came out of the San Francesco music scene but despite their massive live following they only notched up one top ten hit in the USA with Touch of Grey in 1987.

Only six of their 28 albums reached higher than number 25 in the Billboard charts.

Garcia died in 1995 from a heart attack while he was staying at a drug clinic.

Collectors' market

The band broke up in the wake of his death but sales of Grateful Dead memorabilia and concerts by former band members still net about $70m (47.8m) a year.

The guitars could be worth millions on the collectors' market.

Mr Irwin, who created the instruments between 1973 and 1990, had had claimed the guitars belonged to him after Garcia signed them over in his will.

But Grateful Dead Productions contested the will, saying the company in fact owned them and they were never Garcia's to give away.

The fate of a fifth guitar, Wolf Jr, has not yet been decided and its whereabouts are unknown.

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