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Jerry Garcia's guitar truckin' to auction, could fetch $1M

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/5/2017
In this undated photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia's custom-made "Wolf" guitar is shown. The guitar is scheduled to be auctioned by Guernsey's on May 31 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, a bowling alley, restaurant and music venue, with proceeds benefitting the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. The guitar is being sold by devoted Deadhead, philanthropist, musician and film director Daniel Pritzker, who bought it in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000. This time the Wolf could fetch more than $1 million. (Guernsey's via AP) © The Associated Press In this undated photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia's custom-made "Wolf" guitar is shown. The guitar is scheduled to be auctioned by Guernsey's on May 31 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, a bowling alley, restaurant and music venue, with proceeds benefitting the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. The guitar is being sold by devoted Deadhead, philanthropist, musician and film director Daniel Pritzker, who bought it in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000. This time the Wolf could fetch more than $1 million. (Guernsey's via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Garcia's custom-made guitar is truckin' to auction in New York City.

In this mid-1970's photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia plays his infamous "Wolf" guitar at an outdoor concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Garcia's guitar will go on auction May 31, 2017, at a Brooklyn bowling alley, restaurant and music venue, with proceeds benefitting the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. Devoted Deadhead, philanthropist, musician and film director Daniel Pritzker bought the guitar in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000. This time the Wolf guitar could fetch as much as $1 million. (Roberto Rabanne/Guernsey's via AP) © The Associated Press In this mid-1970's photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia plays his infamous "Wolf" guitar at an outdoor concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Garcia's guitar will go on auction May 31, 2017, at a Brooklyn bowling alley, restaurant and music venue, with proceeds benefitting the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. Devoted Deadhead, philanthropist, musician and film director Daniel Pritzker bought the guitar in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000. This time the Wolf guitar could fetch as much as $1 million. (Roberto Rabanne/Guernsey's via AP)

The Grateful Dead frontman's guitar is called Wolf. Guernsey's auction house says it'll be offered May 31 at Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant and venue for music shows.

In this undated photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia's famous "Wolf" guitar is shown. The guitar is scheduled to be auctioned again by Guernsey's on May 31, 2017, at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, this time to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Guernsey's previously sold the guitar at Studio 54 in 2002, where it fetched $789,500, more than doubling the existing world record for any guitar ever sold. Now the guitar's buyer wants to support the Southern Poverty Law Center and its continuing fight against racism and hate groups. (Guernsey's via AP) © The Associated Press In this undated photo provided by Guernsey's, Jerry Garcia's famous "Wolf" guitar is shown. The guitar is scheduled to be auctioned again by Guernsey's on May 31, 2017, at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, this time to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Guernsey's previously sold the guitar at Studio 54 in 2002, where it fetched $789,500, more than doubling the existing world record for any guitar ever sold. Now the guitar's buyer wants to support the Southern Poverty Law Center and its continuing fight against racism and hate groups. (Guernsey's via AP)

The proceeds will go to the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center .

The guitar is being sold by devoted Deadhead Daniel Pritzker. The philanthropist, musician and film director bought it in 2002 at Guernsey's for $790,000. It could exceed $1 million this time.

The auctioneer says Wolf first appeared in a 1973 New York performance the Grateful Dead gave for the Hells Angels.

Garcia played Wolf everywhere from San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to New York's Palladium and Egypt's Great Pyramids.

The 1977 film "The Grateful Dead Movie" was directed by Garcia and features extensive Wolf footage.

Garcia died in 1995.

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