Lot #302
Jimi Hendrix

Black velvet Hendrix-worn shirt, originally given to an aspiring Band of Gypsys bass player
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Description

Black velvet Hendrix-worn shirt, originally given to an aspiring Band of Gypsys bass player

Black velvet button-down long-sleeved shirt, featuring a Flair California manufacturer's label, with flared cuffs and a pointed collar. Complete with Sotheby's tag. From the collection of longtime Hendrix friend and fellow musician, the late Roland Robinson (d. 2004). Though the Memphis-based studio session bass player and member of the Buddy Miles Express first encountered Hendrix at Stax Records in November 1964, it was during 1969 that Hendrix flew him to New York City and eventually offered him a spot with what would become 'Band of Gypsys'; the arrangement never coming to fruition due to hostility between Robinson, who had earlier left the Express and Miles who was brought on  as Gypsys' drummer. Robinson's LOA states: “Jimi gave me this shirt in 1969 in New York City. He would often say, “You look like a fine southern gentleman but you need to dress more hip. “He would reach in his closet and hand me various pieces of clothing.” The shirt was originally sold, along with other items given him by Hendrix, at Sotheby's New York City circa 1990. It was on display at the Rock & Roll McDonald's in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1991 until 2010, at which time all of the memorabilia was placed in storage until October 2011. 100% of the consignor's proceeds from this item will be donated to Ronald McDonald Charities of Eastern Wisconsin. In fine condition. RRAuction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Modern Music
  • Dates: #382 - Ended January 26, 2012