An amazing find in the book of autographs collected by a 15-year-old Scunthorpe schoolgirl in the 1960s is attracting international interest ahead of an auction next week.
Unearthed during an attic clearance, the book contains an autograph (and declaration of eternal love) by Jimi Hendrix – top ten rare rock star royalty in the world of autograph collecting, a signature worth thousands. The discovery came as a complete surprise to John Hicks who, four years after the death of his wife, Shirley, is in the process of moving house and was clearing away clutter when he came across her old autograph book.
It was full of the usual friends signatures and messages to be found in schoolgirl autograph books. Then came “Love always and forever, Jimi Hendrix”.
John said his first thought was that one of Shirley’s friends must have written it as a joke but that was followed by astonishment when a comparison of the autograph with confirmed examples of Hendrix’s signature showed that it was right. How could a 15-year-old Scunthorpe schoolgirl end up with the autograph of the rock legend?
Another page helped to solve the mystery. The only other pop musician autographs in the book are those of The Californians, a Wolverhampton group who in 1967 were one of the support acts for the Walker Brothers UK Tour, along with Engelbert Humperdink, Cat Stevens and a guitarist that almost nobody had heard of, newly arrived from America, a certain Jimi Hendrix.
The tour hit the ABC Cinema in Lincoln on Thursday, April 20. Shirley was in the audience screaming not for Hendrix but for Scott Walker, the heartthrob that half the teenage girls in the country adored.
Auctioneer Paul Potter will be putting the autograph book under the hammer in an auction in his Scunthorpe saleroom next week. He said: “In the post-show fight for autographs Shirley failed to get either of the Walker brothers but as something of a consolation prize she did end up with a couple of the support acts – The Californians and Jimi Hendrix.
“She never realised how lucky she was. Walker Brothers autographs today sell at auction for less than hundred pounds. Hendrix on the other hand is top ten rock star royalty rare – and his autograph, very early in what was the briefest of careers, is expected to make comfortably into four figures.”
The book goes under the hammer in the first auction of the year at Potters Auction Saleroom in Scunthorpe on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24. Other highlights of a spectacular sale include a rare “Mouseman” fire surround, one of only 25 copies of the famous Portland vase created to celebrate Wedgwood’s 225th anniversary and a massive private collection of antique clocks
The catalogue is available on the firm’s website at pottersauction.co.uk
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