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A guitar once set alight by Jimi Hendrix on stage has been sold for £280,000 after it was found in a garage where it had been left for 40 years.
The guitar was deliberately damaged by Hendrix after he poured lighter fluid on to the Fender Stratocaster and set it alight during a set at Finsbury Park in London in March 1967.
Auctioneer Ted Owens spoke to the BBC before the auction. And the BBC's Martin Shankleman, a self-confessed Hendrix expert, couldn't resist the temptation to put the instrument through its paces.
$700k for a burnt guitar?
The first guitar that rock legend Jimi Hendrix burned on stage fetched 280,000 pounds (S$706,410) at an auction in London. -AFP
Fri, Sep 05, 2008
LONDON - THE first guitar that rock legend Jimi Hendrix burned on stage fetched 280,000 pounds (S$706,410) at an auction in London on Thursday.
Also sold was the first management contract signed by The Beatles on January 24, 1962, which bears the names John Winston Lennon, George Harrison, James Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr).
Hendrix set the 1965 Fender Stratocaster alight - a gesture he later became famous for - following a landmark performance at London's Finsbury Astoria in March 1967, and had to be taken to hospital to be treated for minor hand injuries afterward.
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