Jimi Hendrix solidified his music legacy when he was on this Earth, being deemed one of the most influential guitarists in history. Case in point, one of his string percussions sold for $216,000 on Saturday. The Japanese sunburst electric guitar took a pre-auction estimate of $50,000, at the GWS Auctions’ Artifacts of Hollywood & Music event.
It’s said that Hendrix used this guitar at the start of his career, but left it with his friend Mike Quashi, in New York City, when he moved to the U.K. in 1966. During that time, Hendrix had a band in the works.
“The legendary guitarist played this early 1960s Japanese sunburst electric guitar, and rock n’ roll musician, Jimi Hendrix,” GWS Auctions’ website says describing the item. “According to our research, this guitar was used by Jimi shortly after returning home from the U.S. Army in 1962. 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.”
R.I.P Jimi Hendrix.