Published Jul 16, 2008Got a million bucks you're looking to burn? If so, you might be interested in buying a burnt guitar. Makes sense. Yes, Jimi Hendrix's legendary 1965 Fender Stratocaster, the one he famously set on fire, will go up for auction in London on September 4, and is expected to fetch a handsome price of around £500,000 ($1 million CAD).
The guitar was burnt during a Hendrix gig at London's Astoria back on March 31, 1967 in what will be remembered as one of rock'n'roll's greatest moments. The piece(s) was recently discovered by the nephew of the rocker's original press officer, Tony Garland, at the house of Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding.
Surprisingly, the Strat is still fully intact, though has visible flame scorches on the neck and fret board, which Mr. Clean apparently cannot fix. The second guitar Hendrix torched, at the Monterey Pop Festival the same year, however, did not make it.
Also up for auction at the Idea Generation Gallery near London's Liverpool street is the last surviving Ludwig drumkit belonging to the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, which is estimated at £20,000, and Jim Morrison's final 20-page notebook of poetry, written in Paris, from 1971. The spiral notebook contains lyrics and musings, and is expected to fetch between £80,000 and £100,000.
Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop