Jerry's Toilet Stolen!
Thief Swipes Grateful Dead Leader's Toilet
SONOMA (AP) -- The long, strange trip continues for Jerry Garcia's toilet.
Police said the commode was stolen recently in a Sonoma driveway along with three other toilets and a bidet.
The toilet was the subject of a legal battle and was finally moved to Sonoma to await shipment to a Canadian casino.
It's unclear if the toilet was swiped by a wayward Deadhead or a thief remodeling a bathroom. Police say they have no leads or suspects.
A police report said the bowl once stood in Garcia's master bathroom.
Jerry Garcia's Toilet Stolen From A Sonoma Home
Police have no suspects or leads. Henry Koltys bought Garcia's Marin County home for $1.39 million in 1997 and removed the toilet and other items he planned to sell to raise money for a charity.
After Koltys sold the house to a friend of the band's, the new owner sued to block the auction. The dispute was resolved last year, and Koltys moved the items to his home in Sonoma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Last month, Koltys sold the Grateful Dead singer's toilet for $2,550 to online casino Goldenpalace.com, which planned to use it as part of a traveling marketing exhibit. The casino is offering a $250 reward for its return.
Henry Koltys said Friday that the toilet once stood in the master bathroom of Garcia, who died in 1995 at age 53. "It would have been his personal head," he said.
The casino also paid $25,000 for actor William Shatner's kidney stones and $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich that reportedly had the image of the Virgin Mary on it, Koltys said.
Jonathon Lipsin, who worked for Garcia as a gardener and now owns a Northern California record store, said the toilet might appeal to dedicated Deadheads.
"It's a little gross," Lipsin said. "But I could see it at a rock 'n' roll museum, too."
Jerry Garcia's Toilet Is Stolen
Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter
Sonoma, CA (AHN) - A salmon-colored toilet belonging to the late Jerry Garcia is stolen from a driveway.
The Press Democrat reports the toilet once stood in the former Grateful Dead leader's master bathroom. Garcia died in 1996. He was 53 years old.
Henry Koltys removed the toilet after purchasing Garcia's home for $1.39 million in 1997. He planned to sell it, along with other items, to raise money for charity.
The Associated Press reports that Koltys sold the house to a friend of the band. The new owner sued him to halt the auction. The lawsuit was settled last year.
The toilet was sold to online casino Goldenpalace.com for $2,550 in March. The casino is offering a reward of $250 for the toilet's return.