This '60s Jimi Hendrix guitar was auctioned for $328k NZD!

News 11/08/2020

A guitar that Jimi Hendrix has used in the early '60s was sold for a whopping $328,000 NZD at an auction!

The guitar was estimated to be worth $76,000 and reached a high bid of $273,000. When factoring in fees, the final price of the winning bid was $328,000.

The Japanese sunburst electric guitar was used by Hendrix shortly after he was discharged from the US Army in 1962. 

The auction description wrote, "After leaving Fort Campbell Jimi moved to Clarksville, Tennessee for a short time where he played on the Chitlin' Circuit with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner and Jackie Wilson before moving to Harlem, New York in early 1964 where he stayed until late 1966 playing venues such as Cafe Wha and the Cheetah Club."

In late 1966, Hendrix moved to London and left this guitar in New York at the apartment of one of his best friends, Mike Quashie.

The guitar is apparently in well-loved condition without any strings as the auctioners wanted to keep it in its original state.

The guitar comes with an originally signed and notarized letter of provenance from Quashie and a statement from the collector before he passed.

"This particular guitar sheds light on some of the earliest playing by Jimi Hendrix and is unprecedented as it relates to its historical value," Dame Brigitte Kruse of GWS Auctions said. "Never before have we acquired a guitar of this magnitude partnered with particularly thorough provenance and value."