At the 2014 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Woodstock attendee with a couple of keepsakes from the event recalled seeing Hendrix play. "We were 10, 15 feet away from him while he was playing … and then he started playing 'The Star-Spangled Banner,’ … it was incredible." After the concert ended, this ROADSHOW guest found an event manager jacket in the mud and hung onto a program to keep as souvenirs. There was no official merchandise at the event and most of the programs went largely undistributed. So when he brought these items to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, he was pleased to learn from expert Laura Woolley that his possessions were worth $2,500 to $3,100 at auction. "The memories that you have from the event are worth more than anything you could put a dollar figure on," Woolley said. "Yeah, and I remember most of it, you know," our guest replied.
Hendrix Outfits at Seattle's EMP Museum
While the Albuquerque owner's memory of Hendrix playing at Woodstock is priceless, there is an entire field of collecting dedicated to Jimi Hendrix celebrity collectibles. In 2012, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited Seattle's EMP Museum with Woolley to take a look at some of the rock legend's iconic and eccentric outfits, including a pair of blue velvet pants he wore at Woodstock. "What's important for collectors is looking not only for documentation on provenance, but at what moment in their career they were wearing it," Woolley explained. “And Hendrix, the closing performer at Woodstock — that makes this one of the top pieces that you could possibly own of his.” The pants, Woolley continued, could go for an excess of six figures at auction.