Jimi Hendrix – ’67 Owned & Worn Necklace With Provenance

A multicolored glass bead necklace, owned and worn by Jimi Hendrix, circa late 1967-1968. We purchased this at legendary the June 21, 2001 Jimi Hendrix Experience auction held at Bonhams & Brooks in London. It was consigned by Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix’s longtime girlfriend and the inspiration for “The Wind Cries Mary” (Mary is her middle name.) Etchingham and Hendrix lived together from 1966 to 1969, sharing a flat at 23 Brook Street in London from 1968-1969 (An English Heritage blue plaque commemorates the guitarist’s association with the address, the first such plaque to be awarded to a rock star.) Over the years, countless items purportedly owned by Hendrix have surfaced, many (too many, in our opinion) with dubious provenance. This one comes directly from Etchingham, who’s intimate relationship with Hendrix is documented in literally every book written about him. The auction catalog pictures Jimi wearing this necklace at the Melody Maker Top World Musician Awards, September 16, 1967. At the time of the auction, Etchingham wrote us that she had shortened the necklace after Jimi’s death, so she could wear it (it now measures 17″ long.) This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a very psychedelic artifact owned by the greatest guitarist ever, with exceptional provenance and our lifetime written guarantee. A truly museum quality collectible. Included are copies of the auction catalog cover and relevant pages, and a copy of the original auction house receipt.

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