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Hendrix and Prince guitars expected to make noise at auction

A Bonhams assistant displays an Epiphone FT79 Acoustic Guitar owned and played by Jimi Hendrix in London December 12, 2016. — Reuters picA Bonhams assistant displays an Epiphone FT79 Acoustic Guitar owned and played by Jimi Hendrix in London December 12, 2016. — Reuters picLONDON, Dec 12 — A guitar owned by American rocker Jimi Hendrix is expected to fetch more than £80,000 (RM447,329) when it goes under the hammer in London on Thursday as part of the annual entertainment sale by British auction house Bonhams.

Purple Haze singer Hendrix, who died in 1970 aged 27, is said to have owned the Epiphone acoustic guitar for three years after purchasing it second-hand for US$25 in New York City while on tour in 1967, Bonhams said.

“It was actually the guitar he owned for the longest period... and because it’s an acoustic guitar, it is quite likely that he composed some of his songs on it,” Katherine Schofield, Head of Bonhams entertainment department, told Reuters.

A custom-made cloud guitar used on tour by late American musician Prince is also up for auction in London on Thursday, carrying an estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.

Other auction items include a flamboyant jacket worn by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, rare self-portrait caricatures of The Beatles signed by the band, and a Boesendorfer piano played by Queen’s Freddie Mercury and Coldplay. — Reuters

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