Rare handwritten love letters from Grateful Dead's Jerry Ga

 Rare handwritten love letters from Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to a former Vogue model 

 

A former Vogue model has decided to sell two love letters sent to her by Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia in order to pay her medical bills. The eight handwritten pages, which include a detailed description of a performance by the band as well as drawings by the guitarist, will be put under the hammer by New Hampshire-based auction house RR Auction this January. The anonymous woman, who apparently met the rocker at a party in New York City in 1980, told Page Six that Garcia 'was a person who you felt you knew. Very easy to be with.'

 

 

While the pair were never intimate, they shared a two-year friendship and the letters undoubtedly reveal a tenderness between them.  His first letter begins: 'Thank you for sending me that postcard! I feel like it's sort of our first "official" communication somehow. I've been hoping we could get together ever since we first met at Al's that winter nite so long ago (sigh).'He continued later on on the next page: 'I hope it doesn't seem like I've been avoiding you, although I admit I've kind of been waiting for the opportunity (that is, the "right" opportunity) for us to meet in some kind of neutral context that would be comfortable and relaxed and free of any pressure.'At one point, the color of the pen changes, and Garcia explains charmingly in the letter: '(Hey! My pen stopped writing!)'

 

On the second page, he reveals to the model: 'This is just a long winded way of saying thank you for writing. Oh! Also in spite of never having been alone with you, I somehow feel close to you and I've looked forwards to and enjoyed those times, however brief, that we have been in the same general vicinity and and spoken slightly'. Garcia, who described himself as having 'mail fright' when it comes to writing letters, waited so long to post his correspondence that he ended up attaching a second part. In his second letter, which is written on stationary from New York's Hotel Parker Meridien, the rock star drew a picture of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, describing it as 'a nice amphitheatre in back of the University of Calif. in Berekley [sic] kind of like this'.The drawing shows the venue's columns on stage, labeling the band ' us' and the audience 'them'. 

 

The letters are accompanied by the original mailing envelope dated June 22, 1982, which is addressed in the late musician's own handwriting. Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, writes on the auction website that he believes the rare letters will fetch between $10,000 and $15,000.'The rarity of this handwritten letter cannot be overstated,' he explained. 'Research indicates no others ever being on the market. Even Garcia himself noted, "this is the first letter I've written in years."' He added: 'The unique sketch he drew of the Greek Theater, is particularly poignant as it relates to their Bay Area roots - this year would have been the band's 50th Anniversary.'  Also approaching is the 20th anniversary of Garcia's death; he passed away in August 1995, just eight days after his 53rd birthday.

 

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