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Hendrix and Lennon jacket sold at North Yorkshire auction

Jacket owned by Jimi Hendrix Image copyright Ryedale Auctioneers
Image caption The smoking jacket was worn by Hendrix on tour between 1967 an 1968

A velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix and a leather jacket worn by John Lennon have raised nearly £20,000 at auction.

The jackets were part of an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.

The Hendrix jacket, owned by the artist in the late 1960s, sold for £8,000, while the Lennon jacket raised £10,400.

Other items which went under the hammer included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for £2,900.

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The Hendrix jacket, made by Andrews Tailors of Cardiff, was owned by the star in 1967 and 1968 and was worn on the Package Tour in Cardiff.

Image copyright Ryedale Auctioneers
Image caption The leather motorcycle jacket is believed to have been given away by John Lennon in 1973

Auctioneer Angus Ashworth said while you can never prove an item's origin 100%, there had been enough information to confirm items had been owned or worn by the stars.

"In terms of the Hendrix jacket we have letters from band mates and photographs of him wearing it," he said.

He added the Lennon jacket had been given by the Beatle to an American artist, Bleu Oceans, and they had letters of provenance from him confirming he received it in 1973.

Image copyright Ryedale Auctioneers
Image caption The sunglasses were apparently rescued from a bin by John Lennon's uncle after the Beatle stamped on them

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