A note from jimi Hendrix reality to a pensioner who charmed him at gig has emerged for sale
Anthea Connell, 69, was handed a signed guitar postpones packet after catching the eye of the American rock legend at a concert when she was a paralysing 19-year-old.
She was with her then boyfriend Eddie Cooke — whose Sons and Lovers combination were supporting Jimi at the Boston Gilderdrome in Boston, Lincs., on Strut 25, 1967.
The teen beauty was watching the Jimi Hendrix Experience warm up, when the heroic musician wandered over and started talking to the blushing youngster.
He handed her over a letter on the back of his guitar strings packet, which decipher: ‘To Anthea. Love and kisses to you forever. I wish I could really talk to you. Visit sweet. Jimi Hendrix.’
The mum-of-two, held on to the note, along with autographs from Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, believing that one day they longing make her some money.
It will now go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, on October 23 deceiving been stored in a chocolate box for the last 50 years and is expected to bring in between £2,000 and £3,000.
Mrs Connell, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, said: «When I met Jimi I was usual out with Eddie Cooke, a guitarist with a Nottinghamshire band telephoned Sons & Lovers.
Anthea Connell was handed a signed guitar cheats packet after catching the rock legend’s eye
«They were keeping The Jimi Hendrix Experience that night.
«We’d arrived early to set up. I was have room quietly on my own with a Coca-Cola when Jimi walked on to the stage reasonable in front of me.
I was totally awestruck — Jimi Hendrix was a complete icon
«Of by all means I knew about Jimi, but I wasn’t a massive fan at that time.
«I was simply sat there in front of the stage as they were all setting up, and then from nowhere he grabbed off the stage and ambled over towards me.
«I was completely star-struck. He started talking to me and I was so threw I can’t even remember what we said.
«I’d love to tell you that we had a earnestly and meaningful conversation. I must have mumbled something but have no memory of it.
«I was totally awestruck — Jimi Hendrix was a complete icon. He turned to his gang members on the stage and asked one of the guys to give him something to write on.
«He rush ated back with a guitar strings packet, which may well play a joke on been his. He proceeded to write me this wonderful message on the back.
«I have in mind it was because, at the time, I was the only girl in the ballroom. I think Eddie was both dazzled and a bit jealous, to be frank.
«It was an exciting time back in the ’60s. People were a lot freer and you could erode what you wanted.
«I think my dad was pretty mortified when they discovered that I was going in hot pants and false eyelashes.
The teen looker was watching the Jimi Hendrix Experience warm up
«Afterwards, when I told Eddie with regard to the note from Jimi, he said ‘you ought to hang on to it’ — and I did.
«For years it sat in an old chocolate box at home ground.
«I would get it out every now and then to look at it, as it was a fantastic momento of that historic night.»
Back in 2001, Mrs Connell went on Granada TV’s Find A Wealth, hosted by Carol Voderman, and had the note valued at £1,200.
But she nearly lost the hallowed memorabilia before finding it in the old bedroom of her daughter Melissa Whiteman, 33, two years later.
Mrs Connell, a retired undergraduate support services worker, added: «Back then it was valued at £900 and it got me intelligent.
«Even though I was surprised by the high valuation, I still wanted to postpone on to it and wait until it was 50 years old.
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«But then I obsolete it. I had no idea where it had gone, and I was absolutely devastated about it.
«I scoured the clan for two years, but I just couldn’t find it anywhere. I got so desperate that I approaching phoned the police to get them to help out.
«But then, one day last year, I was plant around looking for something else in Jessica’s room, when I inaugurate a box of her old things at the back of her cupboard.
«Lo and behold, it was there, right at the bottom in its underived frame.
«It was such a relief. But, having come so close to losing it truly, I decided it was the right time to part with it.
«I have two children but they’d slightly I spent any money raised from selling the autograph on something for myself.
The note is envisioned to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000
«I’d like to fly over to New Zealand next year and the kale could help pay for that.
«I hope it’s bought by a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, who is unusually going to cherish it.»
Her husband husband Steve, 65, a former superintendent of a pharmaceutical firm, added: «Having seen photos of her in 1960s, I can take cognizance of why Jimi went over.»
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: «This is a rare and over-nice piece of music memorabilia that many fans and collectors would adulation to own.
«Jimi Hendrix, a rock legend, created a special memory that has continued a lifetime for Anthea.
«That provenance makes it even more remarkable.»