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Grateful Dead auction makes $1.1m
A Jerry Garcia electric guitar custom-made by Doug Irwin, 1971
Three guitars made for Garcia were in the sale
An auction of memorabilia from seminal 1960s rockers the Grateful Dead has made more than 1.1m (552,000).

A cream 1975 Travis Bean electric guitar which belonged to the band's late lead guitar player, Jerry Garcia, sold for $312,000 (156,000).

One of Garcia's guitar straps made $20,400 (10,242) and fans also bought art work and instrument accessories.

The collection was owned by the band's former road manager Lawrence Shurtliff, who died last year.

Summer of Love

Bonhams & Butterfields auctioneers said bidding at the San Diego sale was "brisk".

The San Francisco band became global stars as the city became a counterculture hub in the 1960s.

They often gave free concerts, including several during 1967's "summer of love".

Shurtliff started as a truck driver for the band in 1967 and went on to become president of the group's board of directors when the band formed their own company in the 1970s.

Garcia, who struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, died of a heart attack in 1995.




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