According to TMZ, a rare guitar by Jimi Hendrix has been acquired by Kruse GWS Auctions for sale. Jimi’s early 1960s Japanese Sunburst electric guitar that’s expected to snag at least a cool $50,000, although it may fetch a much higher fee. Legend has it he used this guitar when he returned home from the U.S. Army in 1962 and moving to Clarksville, Tennessee. While he was there, Jimi played the Chitlin’ Circuit with some incredible talent — like The auction takes place on August 8. Other precious items at this auction will also feature Prince’s custom purple boots, Elvis Presley’s owned and worn Neo-style sunglasses, Tom Hanks “Cast Away” costumes, and Muhammad Ali’s custom white terrycloth “World Champion” robe!!!
Jimi’s brother, Leon Hendrix, has said “that was the last time that Jimi sounded happy.” Leon recalls, “I remember Jimi calling me from New York saying he so broke he can’t even pay attention. He pawned his guitar and his friends got him one.”
When Jimi moved to London in 1966, he left this guitar in NYC at the apartment of one of his best friends. Cut to 54 years later and the winner of this bid will also get a letter of provenance from Leon, who will also have a private lunch with the winning bidder.
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