Elvis Presley's acoustic guitar sold for $24,200 and Jimi Hendrix's handwritten lyrics for the rock anthem "Purple Haze" brought $17,600 at an auction last month, according to Sotheby's.
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland placed the winning bid for the lyrics, the auction house said.The 1966 draft in black ball-point pen on yellow-lined notepaper is the earliest known to exist of "Purple Haze," which appeared on Hendrix's debut album "Are You Experienced" in 1967. The lyrics were valued at $8,000 to $12,000.
Only four of 60 Hendrix lots failed to sell at Monday's sale. The collection of handwritten lyrics, essays, song notes and personal belongings was consigned by an anonymous collector, said Laura Stewart, a Sotheby's spokeswoman.
The Hendrix collection brought $176,000. The total for the sale of entertainment and rock 'n' roll memorabilia was $293,269, the auction house said.
An anonymous buyer placed the winning bid for the Presley guitar, which was estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000. The custom-made guitar from the 1970s was finished in black with "Elvis Presley" inscribed in a mother-of-pearl inlay across the fretboard.
The guitar was sold by an anonymous consignor, Stewart said.