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Rare Jimi Hendrix concert posters headline sale at Hake’s Americana

A pair of rare Jimi Hendrix posters will be up for grabs as part of a forthcoming sale at Hake’s Americana.
Although led by a strong selection of historic political campaign memorabilia, the online auction will also offer a treasure trove of items across the categories of entertainment memorabilia, illustration art and vintage toys, amongst many others.

The two posters both date from 1969, and the last days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience during their final U.S tour. The first promotes an April 12 show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, with support from Soft Machine and Buddy Miles, who teamed up with Hendrix later that year as part of his new group Band of Gypsys.

The second poster promotes the band’s May 3 gig at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, one which Hendrix almost missed thanks to an earlier drug bust by Canadian police. Having discovered illicit substances in his luggage, the authorities later set Hendrix free when he posted bail for $10,000 and he turned up on time – although by that point relationships between the group were so fractured that they split up six weeks later.

Both posters are highly rare, with few surviving examples in any condition, and are each expected to sell for $5,000-$10,000.

Further highlights for Hendrix fans will include a handbill for a concert at the Odeon Theatre in Leeds on April 5, 1967, at which Hendrix supported The Walker Brothers and Cat Stevens (est. $700-$1,000); and a poster for an October 19689 concert at Winterland in San Francisco (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Other rare concert posters on offer will include a poster for a Cream show at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut in October 1968, as part of the band’s farewell tour (est. $2,000-$5,000); a poster for an Animals concert at the Winchester Roller Rink in April 1966, with support from the great Sam the Sham (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a March 1967 concert at Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee, headlined by Jackie Wilson and B.B King (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Bidding in the Hake’s Americana sale closes on March 15-17.

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