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BBC reporter plays Hendrix guitar

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A guitar once set alight by Jimi Hendrix on stage has been sold for 280,000 after it was found in a garage where it had been left for 40 years.

The guitar was deliberately damaged by Hendrix after he poured lighter fluid on to the Fender Stratocaster and set it alight during a set at Finsbury Park in London in March 1967.

Auctioneer Ted Owens spoke to the BBC before the auction. And the BBC's Martin Shankleman, a self-confessed Hendrix expert, couldn't resist the temptation to put the instrument through its paces.

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