Jimi Hendrix’s autograph: An era-defining signature

Jimi Hendrix’s autograph is in demand among children of the flower power era and beyond.

But very few have ever come to auction.

Here’s what you need to know about Hendrix’s market.

His career ended too soon

Hendrix began his musical career in 1963, when he left the army.

He played as a backing guitarist for various groups, including the Isley Brothers, but only struck out on his own in 1966.

Jimi Hendrix autograph

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Linda Keith, then girlfriend of Keith Richards, saw him play in New York. She convinced former Animals bassist Chas Chandler to represent him.

Chandler brought Hendrix to London to build a group, christened the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The band blew audiences away with their blistering live sound. They released their debut single in December 1966.

Less than four years later Hendrix would die mixing barbiturates and alcohol. The career of one of the most talented performers in history – cut tragically short.

As he only spent less than four years in the limelight, his autograph is relatively rare.

He defined an era

Hendrix is one of the more mythic figures in music history.

His otherworldly appearance, jaw-dropping talent and legendary charisma make him more than just another performer.

Jimi Hendrix autograph

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He was a genuine, era-defining icon.

And it's this that ensures demand.

Not just among those fortunate enough to see him perform.

But among those who will discover his work in the future.

Much like the Beatles, Hendrix is always assured an audience.

Prices have risen

Hendrix’s short career and early death ensures a limited supply.

Unlike other performers, he wasn’t signing autographs into his later years.

Jimi Hendrix autograph

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And demand for these few autographs is high, both from collectors of music memorabilia and those with a passion for rare autographs.

My own PFC40 Autograph Index has tracked growth of 5.2% per annum since 2000 on Hendrix’s signature.

You can expect to pay an average of £7,500 ($9,728) for a signed photo, but competition ensures that figure is often higher.

Paul Fraser.

PS. Do you have a Jimi Hendrix autograph you’re looking to sell? I may be able to help. Get in touch today at info@paulfrasercollectibles.com.

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