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Grateful Dead T-shirt auctioned for a record-breaking $17,640

Oct. 19 (UPI) — A Grateful Dead T-shirt from the band’s original merchandise was auctioned for a record-breaking price.

The 1967 shirt, sold as part of Sotheby’s “From the Vault: Property from the Grateful Dead and Friends,” sold for $17,640, setting a new world record for the most money spent on a vintage rock shirt.

The previous record was set in 2011, when a vintage Led Zepplin shirt was sold for $10,000 on eBay.

The Grateful Dead shirt was one of the band’s first pieces of official merchandise and was designed by Allan “Gut” Terk, a Hells Angel and graphic artist who was a prominent figure in California’s counterculture movement in the 1960s.

The winning bidder, Bo Bushnell, operates the Outlaw Archive account on Instagram, which is dedicated to 1960s motorcycle culture.

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Bushnell wrote on the page that he purchased the shirt “to keep the memory of #GutTerk alive and to keep his history together under one roof.”

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