The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Jimi Hendrix Memorabilia To commemorate the death of one of rock and roll's most pioneering and explosive guitarists, Wikicollecting.org presents the Top 10 most expensive items of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia ever sold.
Hendrix is celebrated for coaxing an unearthly wall of noise from his guitars, and he had more than a little help from his effects pedals. This Italian-made Vox Clyde McCoy pedal was owned by Jimi’s back-up vocal group ‘The Ghetto Fighters’, and Hendrix used it both in the recording studio and during a number of live performances.
The pedal featured in a May 2008 Julien’s sale with an estimated value of $2,000 - $3,000, but eventually sold for a price of $19,375.
9) Jimi’s oriental-style jacket, circa 1967 – £35,000 Sotheby’s 2000
Jimi’s flamboyant style means that whenever items from his wardrobe come up for sale, they’re always highly sought after. This green silk jacket featuring dragons and pagodas was given as a gift to Judith Vernon, wife of Fleetwood Mac’s manager Mike Vernon, in 1967 before the second Jimi Hendrix Experience U.K tour.
It was sold during a Sotheby’s auction at the hard Rock Cafe in London in September 2000 for a price of £35,000, almost doubling its estimate of £18,000.
8) Original 1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Fillmore Auditorium poster artwork - $72,000
Just as Hendrix’s music encapsulated the energy and creativity of the period, so did the work of artists Michael English and Nigel Waymouth. Under the collective name of Hapshash And The Coloured Coat they created a series of silkscreen printed posters for concerts featuring psychedelic designs that remain some of the decade’s most iconic imagery.
Their poster for the Jimi Hendrix Experience gig at the Filmore Auditorium in Denver features an image of Jimi as a psychedelic Native American chief. The original artwork for the rare poster was sold during a Bonhams auction in 2008 for a price of $72,000.
7) A reel-to-reel recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience live at the 1968 Woburn Music Festival - £48,050
In 1968 Hendrix chose to play just one live date in the U.K, at the Woburn Music Festival in Bedfordshire. On the evening of July 6, the band took to the stage and played a gig which has since been released posthumously as a live album.
At a Christie’s sale in 2008, the original ¼ inch reel-to-reel master soundboard tape recording of the concert was sold for a price of £48,050. It captured the band’s entire 48-minute set, including Voodoo Child, Purple Haze, Foxy Lady and the cover of the Beatle’s classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
6) Jimi’s white Fender Stratocaster - $125,000
Hendrix famously favoured the fender Stratocaster as his weapon of choice, and four of them appear on this list. The first is a white 1963 Fender Strat, serial number L14985, and one of the first Stratocasters that he owned. It was kept for Hendrix at Juggy’s Sound Studios in New York, where he had used it regularly whilst recording early in his career as Jimi James.
Hendrix later gave the guitar to the chief studio engineer Skip Juried, after recording the