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Dead head goes on unscheduled tour

The long, strange trip continues for Jerry Garcia's toilet
Oh, the humanity. The toilet belonging to the late Jerry Garcia (shown here in 1994) has been stolen.Toby Talbot / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The long, strange trip continues for Jerry Garcia’s toilet.

Police say the Grateful Dead leader’s commode was stolen recently from a driveway along with three other toilets and a bidet.

Garcia’s salmon-colored toilet was the subject of a legal battle before it 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 said they 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. Garcia died in 1995 at age 53.

After Koltys sold the house to a friend of the band, he sued the new owner to retrieve items he was storing at the house. 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 Garcia’s toilet for $2,550 to online casino, which planned to use it as part of a traveling marketing exhibit. The casino is offering a $250 reward for its return.

Koltys said Friday the toilet once stood in Garcia’s master bathroom. “It would have been his personal head,” he said.

The casino also paid $25,000 for William Shatner’s kidney stone and $28,000 for a grilled-cheese sandwich that purportedly had the image of the Virgin Mary on it.

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.”