Jimi Hendrix's signed arrest card goes on auction

News 26/02/2018

An arrest card revolving Jimi Hendrix's drugs possession in 1969 will be auctioned next month.

The document which includes a mug shot of Hendrix is expected to sell for more than $14,000.

Hendrix was detained in Pearson International Airport, Toronto on 3rd May 1969 after a customs agent small quantities of heroin and hash were found in his luggage. However, he was found not guilty after arguing that he was not aware of any drugs being placed in his luggage. 

Hendrix's manager and producer, Chris Changler, firmly stated that it was common for rock stars like Hendrix to receive fan gifts and sometimes, these gifts may be drugs.

The arrest card includes details about Hendrix, including his full name (James Marshall Hendrix), date of birth, address, all 10 of his fingerprints, his signature and a noted feature of “scar on right eye”.

Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction commented that the mugshot associated to the arrest had previously sold for $14,000 and he expects the arrest card will be sold for the same or a higher price.

It’s one of those things I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up in a museum,

Livingston told the Vancouver Sun.