A few years ago the Grateful Dead released a box set of recordings from their 1969 run of shows at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. These shows were recorded by the band on a 16 track machine, the first album to be recorded on one. Some of the music recorded over the four nights was originally released on the bands first live album the legendary Live/Dead. Recordings of those shows, of various qualities, have long circulated amongst deadheads but the news of an official release of the entire collection had people leaping for joy!
The only problem was that the 10 disc collection was to be a limited edition of 10,000 copies and to add extra spice to all of this if you pre-ordered you got an 11th disc, containing more music from the same era, as a bonus. So the set became an instant collectors item and right from the start silly money was being spent by some who had missed out on buying copies on ebay.
Well last week a copy went on sale on ebay.co.uk – someone in London was selling his copy and it was noted with interest on my Dead group Eurotraders. The estimate that was touted was probably somewhere in the region of £250 – so i decided to watch it and see what happened.
It started at £85 and quickly progressed to around the £200 mark where it stayed for quite sometime. However by the time the final hour came round it was sitting at just over £280 and then in the dying seconds the price jumped over the £300 mark finishing at £310.50. The seller offered free postage which was decent of him!
So there you are, now my problem is deciding if I want to keep my copy or sell it and raise some much needed cash. I mean I would want to be thought of as a breadhead would I?
This appeared on ebay about a week ago – it was claimed that the shed used to belong to ex Pink Floyd front man Syd Barrett. It was claimed it had stood in his garden and been used often by Syd up until his death. the description was as follows:
This shed is from the garden of the house Syd Barrett spent the last 30-odd years of his life living in. It has been painted oxblood and cream inside by Syd and contains furniture he built and painted himself; a press with two opening doors, a hose reel, a shelf and several other adaptations, the most curious of which is a device for retrieving his house keys even when he had also misplaced the key of the shed. The door of the shed seems also to have been made or at least fitted by Syd, and it is painted green with the hinges picked out in a chalk blue colour (a style favoured by Syd). Some planks have been replaced with fence shiplap at the far end.
>One window has been replaced with a plywood panel. The shed has been treated on the outside over the years, it has electrical fittings and is entirely in the condition it was left in by Syd, except for a small repair to the felt on the roof. The shed is quite old but sturdy and shows the signs of having been well looked after. Some of the bottom planks may nonetheless need to be replaced. We believe it features in at least one of his surviving paintings, where it is changed to look more like a chalet.
We shall dismantle the shed into the panels in which it is built as carefully as we can, so that it can be reassembled without losing any of its unique character.
The buyer has to collect, notwithstanding anything on the site to the contrary.
The shed was up for sale for £1,000 but curiously didn’t get a single bid before the auction ended. I mean what use is a shed that doesn’t even have a internet connection let alone it’s own website?
Still I suppose it’s better than when someone tried to sell the former Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s toilet on ebay!