Prince's Purple Boots and Jimi Hendrix Rare Guitar Is Going Up for Auction

Here's how you can own a piece of music history

July 27, 2020
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While few will ever be able to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix or Prince, you can certainly try to look the part.

Clothing, instruments, and other items from the legendary artists are set to go up for auction on August 8 giving fans the unique opportunity to own a piece of music history.

One of Jimi Hendrix’s rare electric guitars is up for auction and it’s expected to go for at least $50,000. The early 1960’s Japanese Sunburst electric guitar was reportedly the same one Hendrix used after returning home from the U.S. Army in 1962 and moved to Clarksville, Tennessee.

During that time, Hendrix cut his chops playing alongside artists like Sam Cooke and Ike and Tina Turner. “That was the last time that Jimi sounded happy,” his brother Leon Hendrix said in a statement to GWS Auctions, the company that will be holding the auction.

"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."

Additionally, the winner of the guitar will receive a letter of provenance from Leon Hendrix and the opportunity to have a private lunch with him.

The auction has a host of incredible items from some of Hollywood and music’s biggest stars. One such item is Prince’s personally owned and worn custom purple ultrasuede boots. Bidding begins at $1,500 and will come with a letter of authenticity and copies of original sketches and notes from Prince’s personal assistant.

Back in June, Prince’s “Blue Angel” Cloud 2 electric guitar sold for an incredible $563,000 at auction. The 1984 custom-made guitar was the same one Prince used during his Purple Rain, Parade, Sign O’ the Times, and Lovesexy tours.

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