Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Auction of Jerry Cabinets and Fixtures

From Business Wire:

On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Jerry Garcia's Toilet . . .

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2005--The Sophia Foundation: Scores of Curiosities, Fixtures, and Cabinets Once Owned by Famed Jerry Garcia(1) to be Auctioned by The Sophia Foundation to Benefit Children and Families

On August 9th, 1995, music and social icon Jerry Garcia passed away in a Woodacre treatment center, eight minutes from his Northern California home in Nicasio. Software executive Henry Koltys purchased Jerry's home from the Garcia Estate on May 14, 1997, removed fixtures and cabinets from the house, and placed them in storage until now. Koltys said, "I love his music and while I did not know Jerry personally, those who did say he was all about collaboration -- which is what this auction is all about."

Koltys is Chairman of The Sophia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose mission is to benefit children and families during separation or divorce. Koltys is a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), a charity that helps millions of abused and neglected children each year. Koltys' KidsFirst! custody agreement and parenting plan software will be customized and donated to CASA to help protect these children.
http://www.nationalcasa.org/ and http://www.kidsfirst.incap.com/ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe provides pro bono legal representation as a commitment to the community. www.orrick.com

Over fifty interesting fixtures and cabinets removed from Garcia's last home will be auctioned on e-Bay after Thanksgiving to raise much-needed funds intended to benefit millions of children each year. No administration costs will be deducted as 100% of auction proceeds will go to these charitable purposes. Since Sophia is a non-profit, the amount paid in excess of the value estimated by the foundation may be tax deductible depending on the successful bidder's personal tax situation.

These curiosities that once belonged to the famed rocker include everything from his two-person Jacuzzi, Sub Zero fridge/freezer, stereo and AV cabinets, toilets, bidet -- even his kitchen sink. An electronic press kit containing an 8x10 insert showing key items (PDF), inventory of the items (XLS/PDF), 300 DPI photographs (JPG), proof of ownership/deeds (PDF), and other essential information on the auction and the charity are available for download.
www.sophia-foundation.org/press. This auction is not affiliated with nor endorsed by either the Jerry Garcia Estate or the Grateful Dead.(1)

WHEN/WHERE: The charity auction will take place on eBay, from December 18th through December 24, 2005. Items may be viewed at

The Sophia FoundationLee Houskeeper, 415-777-4700

Henry Koltys, Esq., 415-789-5560


Blogger jackl2400 said...

Wow, really bad timing for some jimoke to try to sell Jerry's toilet for charity right after the 3,000 Dead shows were pulled off Archive.org, and fans are up in arms.

They say timing is everying. LOL.

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