Hendrix Guitar on the Auction Block

By | June 3, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A guitar owned and played by the late Jimi Hendrix is expected to reach up to $246,000 at auction Thursday.

The custom-made, left-handed 1965 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster will be the highlight of a “Rock Legend” sale run by auctioneers Cooper Owen.

“Hendrix reaches the highest price, there is no doubt,” a spokesman said. “He is well ahead of everyone else.”

Hendrix, whose ground-breaking style continues to influence rock guitarists, pulls in major bids at auction.

Sotheby’s sold a Fender Stratocaster guitar played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival for $324,500 over 12 years ago.

Its value soared in the following five years and it was reported to have been bought later for $1.3 million.

Hendrix, considered by many as the greatest rock guitar player ever, was born in Seattle but only shot to worldwide prominence after finding success in Britain with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

He died at the age of 27 in a Mayfair apartment in September 1970 after overdosing on sleeping tablets.