THE PRICE OF FAME

Auctioneers are hoping the axes will raise around £35,000 each...

Two guitars, one owned by ELVIS PRESLEY the other JIMI HENDRIX, both expected to fetch £35,000, are the top catches at an auction of music and sports memorabilia due to held in LONDON later this month.

Hendrix’s guitar, specially converted to cope with his aggressive playing style in 1970, was passed on by revered star to settle a debt shortly before his September 1970 death. Elvis’s instrument belonged to him in the 1950’s and is said to have been given to someone at The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in August 1976 with Elvis telling the lucky man “Now, you can stop playing around and learn to play my guitar. It brought me good luck, maybe it will work for you.”

Fans of The King will be hoping it, amongst several other Presley lots including suits, shirts and a contract for the film ‘Jailhouse Rock’, will prove more popular than a coat he once owned that went up for auction in London last week (November 8). The US army jacket, worn once by Presley on his arrival in Germany in 1958, had been expected to sell for £25,000. However, it failed even to reach its £15,000 reserve price and was withdrawn.

Also include in the forthcoming sale is a John Lennon publishing contract for the track ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’, a pair of Bob Dylan sunglasses both expected to go for £5,000, and handwritten Madonna lyrics, from the ‘Erotica’ album, valued at £3,000.

The sale will be held at Lloyds International south London auction house on November 29.