October 1, 2008

Jimi Hendrix's Stratocaster for Auction in Londontown::

On a warm March night back then in 1967, Jimi Hendrix displayed awesome showmanship playing his Fender Stratocaster at Finsbury Park in London. He wowed the audiences with classics such as “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Purple Haze.” The acclaimed guitarist and rock god did not stop at just enthralling the audience, but also did the shocking act of burning a guitar the first time in his life. The incident itself was notorious enough to make the guitar an object of great value. Collectors and rock pilgrims have waited and hunted for the Fender Stratocaster for years and finally, it was found in a garage last year.

The guitar has the telltale burn marks and is going to please any collector. The guitar will be auctioned at the Idea Generation gallery in London and is expected to raise about $886,000. The auction includes many other rock memorabilia such as John Bonham’s (Led Zeppelin) drum kit and Elvis Presley’s last remaining fingerprints. The “It’s More Than Rock and Roll” memorabilia auction is likely to attract a number of collectors from all over the world. If you wish to own the coveted Fender Stratocaster, you know how much you may need to shell out.

Jimi Hendrix's Fender Stratocaster, which he famously torched on stage in London, is to go under the hammer in London later.

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