Lot 2099: Unusual musically-themed long-sleeve dress shirt with patterns of sheet music pages and covers, including 'Showboat' and 'Pretty Little Baby,' with a Monzini Knits tag sewn into the collar. Signed and inscribed on the back in black ink, "To Jack: Jimi Hendrix." Shirt is also signed and inscribed (at a later date), "To Jack: Noel Redding," and "Billy Cox." Accompanied by a letter of provenance from a previous owner, who was gifted the shirt by a friend. Letter reads, in part: "I received a call from one of my best friends, Jeff Ferguson...He told me his parents, Jack and Judy, had some stuff they wanted to give me...They placed a piece of clothing in my hands, that I could tell right away was a shirt...I was obviously not understanding the significance of the shirt...Jack told me to look at the back of the shirt, I did so, then all of a sudden, I saw clear as day in the center of the shirt the words, 'To Jack, Jimi Hendrix.'...Jack...told me he met him back in the late 60s when he (Jack) lived in New Orleans. At the time Jack was working for a security company, and had several friends in law enforcement in the New Orleans area...They were able to go backstage and meet Jimi Hendrix, and hang out with him for a while. Jack told me he didn't have any paper with him, so he got Jimi to sign the back of the shirt he was wearing." Also accompanied by a second letter stating that Redding's signature was obtained while he was touring the US in the 1990s, and Cox's was acquired on June 18, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also verified Hendrix's autograph. In fine condition, with a small hole above Redding's signature. Hendrix played just one show in New Orleans, stopping there on August 1, 1968, during his US tour.
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Thursday, 12th November 2015
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