Any Dead fanatic would recognize this guitar – It was built by Doug Irwin in 1972, played by Garcia on and off until 1993, was sold to philanthropist Daniel Pritzker in 2002, who just let it roll through an auction at the Brooklyn Bowl for almost $2 million.
The guitar sold for $1.6 million with a buyer’s premium of $300,000 on top of a dollar for dollar match from an anonymous organization, meaning the Southern Poverty Law Center received $3.2 million form the auction. The SPLC is an organization, “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to [seek] justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Pritzker said, “I’ve been a fan of the Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good.”
The guitar saw action across the globe, from New York to the Great Pyramids of Egypt. It was recognized for Garcia’s love of the instrument, the devilish cartoon-like wolf engraved below the bridge and the effort that went into making it.