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December 12, 2011 / Hallie Madenski

Unpublished Photos Of Jimi Hendrix, From ‘Pawn Stars’

In season five, episode five, entitled “Looney Dunes” on History Channel’s sometimes riveting show Pawn Stars, Jimi Hendrix’s personal photographer, Ron Raffaelli, brought in a stack of never before seen photos of the iconic guitarist.

I couldn’t find them anywhere on the internet, so I’ve compiled some (poor quality) snapshots from the show plus the few I did manage to find online. They’re from the late 60′s, and show a side of Hendrix that not many got to appreciate, seeing as he passed away only a few years after he hit the scene.

That stodgy bastard Rick Harrison tried to offer Raffaelli $10,000 but eventually the price was pushed up to a deserved $15,000 for several of the vintage photos, many of which were signed. Here they are…

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  1. Kenneth / Dec 8 2013 10:55 am

    I don’t think you guys understand how photography prints work. Rick wasn’t buying the negatives or the “rights” to the pictures. It’s an open edition, which means the photographer can print as many copies of the pictures as he wants to (as opposed to say a limited edition, where he would say he was only going to print 100 of that specific picture).
    So he could conceivably flood the market with 1000′s of copies of each picture (not that I’m saying he would or will, just that he or whoever gets the rights after he passes away COULD).
    That would make the copies Rick bought worth MUCH less than he paid, especially if they aren’t numbered, so he can’t prove this is the first or second or even 20th print.

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  2. tim alumbaugh / Oct 19 2013 7:44 am

    .I have a signed print with border jimmy is wearing burgundy shirt blue vest blue jeans stone washed need to know the value can any one help me please

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  3. Mark / Sep 2 2013 12:55 pm

    I think he paid too much to be honest. These are just prints. Open prints apparently – whatever the hell that is? He can make more if wants can’t he. They’re not negatives. I hate seeing limited edition prints for anything. To me they are worthless. They’re not original. If you sell the negative then that’s a different story.

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  4. Ravenspower / Jul 3 2013 11:02 am

    It’s sad watching thse poor people get heisted but these multi million TV Stars swindle down people’s prize possesions in their desperate moments in life.

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  5. stephen dupree / Dec 3 2012 4:38 pm

    I think a higher price could have been had here but the owner must have thought it was fair.

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    • Marykaye / Dec 3 2012 8:43 pm

      You can dream of high prices in the past or dream of creamy skin @ marykay.com. Rick should tell Chumlee to go and buy some for his son.

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  6. Michael Rose / Nov 28 2012 6:52 am

    These are wonderful photos. It’s great to see Hendrix so alive as we celebrate what would have been his birthday. I’ve also found some “never before seen” photos of Jimi Hendrix. These are from his Hollywood Bowl concert in 1968. Show him rehearsing, hanging out and performing.

    http://www.kingrosearchives.com/news/5-Jimi-Hendrix-72nd-Birthday.html

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  7. politicaljabo / Apr 3 2012 10:36 pm

    if you post a picture you can still sell it later; i post crap on the internet all the time but i could still sell it. i want one of those pictures. imagine if the picture came with the right to use it for stuff.
    best pawn stars ever!

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  8. PC / Feb 10 2012 10:28 am

    I think the Pawn “Stars” should do their homework. Those images have been published hundreds of times. And Raffaelli sold the negatives some 20 years ago.

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Account/MediaBin/LightboxDetail.aspx?Id=21635189&MediaBinUserId=4385489

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  9. Ed / Jan 8 2012 10:01 pm

    10k to 15k was a fair price. If you bring stuff to auction they take 30% of whatever the final bid is. They are photographs so they are not one of a kind and he didn’t sell the negatives. The old man can just run more and as long as they are from the original negative, they are the same. In fact, when it comes to fine art photography it works in reverse. Say the old man decided to make a limited run of say 10 prints of each photo that were numbered. In the art world, the photograph number 10 is worth more than the first one. The reason is because photographs are all obviously exactly the same when they come from the original negative AND photographs have a real lifespan. They start degrading the minute they are printed and in 100 years they will be cloudy and not long after that they will be blurry. Therefore the industry values the LAST print from a limited original negative run more than the first. If I sold my fine art photography, and again use the 10 numbered prints as an example, and I priced the first at $1,500, when the next client asked for the #2 print, I charge $2,000, and the 3rd, $2,500, etc. It’s standard practice. As you can see by the time you get to #10 you have both the photograph that will last the longest(it takes years to sell out expensive fine art runs) and are selling when the least supply is available, making it the most valuable print.

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    • ES / May 26 2013 10:16 am

      Thank you for that information.

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  10. jenny / Dec 12 2011 9:50 pm

    i saw the show tonight, and couldn’t believe my eyes…. what a dick bag that dude is!!! 15 grand, i wanted to puke. these photos are ammmmazing and should be treasured. he should have brought those photos to a real gallery, fuckin pawn star asshole!!!!! ripper that guy off. GREAT PHOTOS, thanks for posting this. i looked everywhere!

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  11. Amy / Dec 12 2011 2:41 pm

    These pictures should be in a museum he was a national treasure.

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    • politicaljabo / Apr 3 2012 10:24 pm

      yes, and dude should have got more money. whats up with rick? he should have paid more; i am dissapointed in him tonight.

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