Rare Grateful Dead memorabilia up for auction in Reno

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Listed on Rollling Stone's list of '100 Greatest Artists of All Time', the Grateful Dead has made its mark on history. For years, a part of that history was living right here in the Biggest Little City with the band's lawyer, Hal Kant, and his wife Jesse. The couple had stored the memorabilia they gathered over the years in their Reno home, but now, they are up for sale.

This week, personal and professional items will be auctioned off through Stremmel Auctions.

Rare items like banners from the band's 1989 tour to posters owned and signed by Jerry Garcia are up for grabs.

"It ranges everywhere from backstage passes to a replica of the Grateful Dead table," Hudson Stremmel with Stremmel Auctions said. "I mean we even have a rose from Jerry Garcia's wedding and wedding invitation. Just a little bit of everything, and their history."

The items aren't even for sale yet, but already they are drawing interest from all over the country.

"We have locals, people calling up from all over the country, just wanting to get more pictures, or telling us stories from back in their days," Stremmel said "It's pretty cool to hear everyone's voice and how happy they are."

Hal Kant passed away in 2008. His wife Jesse has held onto the memorabilia, but says it's now time to share it with the world.

"She said she had a lot of great memories with it, but it was time for someone else to have great memories and for someone else to love it as much as she did," Stremmel said.

The items will be auctioned online from November 22 to December 9. You can view the items in person during special previews December 4-8. For more information, or to bid on items, click here.