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Jimi Hendrix autograph from Lincoln gig fetches nearly £6k at auction

An autograph by rock legend Jimi Hendrix from a Lincolnshire concert sold for almost £6k at auction – double the most optimistic pre-sale expectations. The virtuoso’s autograph – picked up by a then 15-year-old girl at a 1967 gig in Lincoln – was bought by a bidder from London for £5,800 at Potters Auction Salesroom on Saturday, February 24.

Hendrix’s signature is one of the rarest for collectors, owing to his tragically short career, and bidding for the rarity was fierce, Grimsby Live reports. A spokesperson for the Scunthorpe auctioneer said: “It’s a result that has amazed and delighted everyone.

“Advance commission bids resulted in the auction starting at £2,100 and in the early stages there were more than a dozen bidders involved. However, it very quickly became a straight fight between just two – both UK bidders – neither seemingly prepared to give way.

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“In an epic five-minute battle they reached £4,600 after two minutes; £5,200 on three minutes; £5,700 on four minutes, and that final figure of £5,800 when the hammer finally went down. The successful bidder was a lady who joined the auction online from London.”



Jimi Hendrix's autograph in purple pen, which reads: "Love always and forever, Jimi Hendrix Experience."
The autograph from Jimi Hendrix.

Lifelong Jimi Hendrix fan John Hicks, 76, discovered the rare note from the legend in his late wife’s autograph book, when he was having a clear-out ahead of a house move. Shirley would often tell off her husband for playing the guitar hero’s songs “too loud” at their home during their 47-year marriage.

The handwritten message read: “Love always and forever, Jimi Hendrix”. John, who believes Shirley unwittingly collected the signature as a teen, said: “One of the ironic things was that she didn’t actually like Jimi Hendrix, but I was a big Jimi Hendrix fan.



John and Shirley Hicks.
John and Shirley Hicks.

“I would put Jimi Hendrix on, which is something that needs to be listened to at volume, and she would say, ‘can you turn that down a bit?'” John came across the autograph while clearing out the loft of their marital home in Scunthorpe, as he prepared to move to a new address ten miles away.

He said: “It was in a box in the loft with bits and pieces – and in there was the autograph book. To be honest I was close to throwing it away.” Hendrix, a staple among lists of the greatest guitarists, died at the age of 27 in 1970.

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