A circular .9999 gold and enamel "Steal Your Face" pendant, made by Owsley "Bear" Stanley, A "Steal Your Face" pendant, ca. 1979
First Edition IN GOLD, un-numbered; 24 carat gold and enameled pendant, stamped OS 9999 on reverse, with "Steal Your Face" image in red, white and blue enamel, 11.3 grams gross weight.
As Bear writes: "My work in enamel on gold began in 1977. I conceived of a medallion of the Grateful Dead logo in silver with enamels, sort of in the style of those Lions club pins. I searched and found a die cutter/engraver who said he could help me bring a third dimension into the design. He didn't have a 3-D engraving machine, so he cut the face by hand. The resulting design is the first die of the Grateful Dead medallion series. I contracted with him to produce a total of 250 pieces in silver with opaque enamel. Unfortunately he was unable to produce the quality to match the sample that he had furnished me with his quote. After returning 60 of the first hundred for remake, I decided to end the series with only 100 pieces made ... The current one is near its end, and is the fourth of the series. Other medallions which I have made with this coining process are a sun and a moon, each of which are made as either enamel or plain metal in .9999 gold and the moon in .9995 platinum or .9999 silver as well. These have also gone through several die sets."
18 mm in diameter
Auction terms and conditions