The guitar Jimi Hendrix played back when he was a relatively unknown musician in the early sixties has sold at auction for $216,000.
After he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1962, Hendrix picked up the brown Japanese sunburst electric guitar.
Around this time, Hendrix played on the Chitlin' Circuit, alongside Sam Cooke and Ike and Tina Turner, before moving to Harlem. While in New York, Hendrix took the stage at iconic venues like Cafe Wha and Cheetah Club.
Hendrix owned the guitar during his stint with the Isley Brothers, but when he headed across the pond to start the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the U.K., he left it with a friend in New York. That pal, Mike Quashie, provided a notarized letter of provenance for the instrument prior to his own death.
Other items that sold at GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music included Prince's purple boots, which sold for $13,000, and Elvis Presley's gold ring, which went for $22,500.