Jimi Hendrix collectibles
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970) was an American guitarist and singer/songwriter.
Born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Jimi was later renamed James Marshall by his father.
Jimi’s father bought him a small guitar when he was five and young Jimi taught himself to play by ear and soon was playing songs he heard on the radio and on his father’s records.
Jimi played in local bands during his teenage years but joined the army in 1961 where he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
He left the army in 1962 to pursue his career in music, playing guitar for Little Richard, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers.
Jimi moved to New York City and was discovered by a producer there.
He moved to London in September 1966 and made a recording of a song called “Hey Joe” which he released as a single and proved to be very popular.
On September 17th, Jimi took some sleeping pills. He had also been drinking and woke up during the night to vomit. He suffocated in his sleep and did not wake up the following morning. His death was not treated as a suicide.
A 1965 Fender Stratocaster which belonged to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction dedicated to the guitarist at the Hard Rock Café in London in February 2005.
In April 2007, a guitar used by Jimi Hendrix was sold for $480,000 by Julien’s Auctions.
The first guitar that Jimi Hendrix torched on stage was sold for £280,000 at a Fame Bureau auction in London in September, 2008.
Many items of vintage clothing worn by Hendrix have been sold at auction as items of music memorabilia.
An oriental style jacket owned by Jimi Hendrix was sold by Sotheby’s London in September 2000 for £35,000.
A multi-coloured scarf worn by Hendrix sold for £1,058 in a Christie’s London auction in 2003.
On 20 February 2011 a shirt worn by Hendrix was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries for $17,925.
A postcard signed by Jimi Hendrix was sold for $2,151 by Heritage Auction Galleries in October 2007.
A cover of the album “Axis: Bold as Love” signed by Jimi Hendrix sold for $1125 in an eBay auction in 2009.
Some handwritten lyrics of Hendrix’s were sold for $6,573 at a Christie’s New York auction in 2004. It is not known exactly which song the lyrics are for but it is believed that they are a very early draft.
In 2006, the handwritten lyrics to Hendrix’s “Coming Down Hard on Me, Baby” sold for £10,580 at a Christie’s New York auction.