Jimi Hendrix’s famous Japanese sunburst guitar has been sold at auction for a whopping £195,000, more than four times its original valuation of £38,000.
GWS auctions note that this was the guitar which Hendrix performed with the instrument shortly after being charged from the U.S. Army back in 1962 and its place in history has long-since been guaranteed.
One of Hendrix’s most famous guitars achieved the incredible price thanks to its significance in the guitarists’ wider life.
“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,” read the item description.
Shortly after this, Hendrix moved to the swinging centre of the sixties, London and found himself a band in The Experience and a pathway to the top of the rock pile. He hopped, skipped and jumped his way to the top.
When he did leave New York, he left the aforementioned guitar with his friend Mike Quashie who provided a notarized letter of authenticity for the instrument before his own death.
“This particular guitar sheds light on some of the earliest playing by Jimi Hendrix and is unprecedented as it relates to its historical value. Never before have we acquired a guitar of this magnitude partnered with particularly thorough provenance and value,” Dame Brigette Kruse of GSW Auctions said in a statement.
While the valuation of famous guitars will never surprise us, we’re still excited to see how relevant Jimi Hendrix is, even five decades after his death.