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Hendrix Strat sells for $575,000

Torched guitar fails to meet estimates

The first Fender Stratocaster set alight on stage by Jimi Hendrix has been sold at auction for $575,000 (£280,000).

Hendrix torched the 1965 Fender Stratocaster at the end of his show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, London, in March 1967.

The guitar had expected to sell for more. Prior to the auction, Ted Owen of auctioneers The Fame Bureau said: "We can only find evidence of Hendrix definitively burning two guitars. And because this piece is a one-off original, I feel that this is the most important Hendrix guitar ever to be offered for sale - even eclipsing the Woodstock Stratocaster which eventually sold for $1.8 million."

Not so. Indeed, the torched Strat's buyer, American collector Daniel Boucher, said: "I thought I'd have to pay a little bit more for it, actually.

"I am going to play it, I hope some of it rubs off on me."

Other lots sold in the same rock memorabilia auction included:

- John Bonham's personally owned and played Led Zeppelin Ludwig drum kit - $46,000
- Elvis Presley's mid-'60s Framus Cherry Sunburst acoustic guitar - $52,000
- Jim Morrison's last notebook, Paris 1971 - $115,000
- USA For Africa's We Are The World signed songsheet - $7,760
- The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein - $426,478

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