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Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) caught mid guitar-break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix‘s “love and kisses” to a British fan 50 years ago will be up for sale next month. 

On October 23, Hansons auction house in Derbyshire will be selling a note Hendrix wrote to Anthea Connell during March of 1967 at a show in Lincolnshire, England.

Connell tells the BBC that her boyfriend’s band was setting up its gear to open for the Jimi Hendrix Experience when Hendrix began talking to her; “I think it was because, at the time, I was the only girl in the ballroom,” she notes. “He started talking to me and I was so shocked I can’t even remember what we said. I’d love to tell you we had a deep and meaningful conversation. I must have mumbled something. I was totally awestruck — Jimi Hendrix was a complete icon.”

Hendrix then left Connell with a note, written on an envelope, reading, “To Anthea — love and kisses to you for ever. I wish I could really talk to you. Stay sweet. Jimi Hendrix.”

The note is expected to fetch up to $3,800. Autographs from Experience bandmates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell will also be auctioned on that date.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights