Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Seattle-based company founded in 1995 by Jimi Hendrix's father and sole heir James Allen ("Al") Hendrix, which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights including Jimi's songs and sound recordings, has issued a press release disputing a claim by an auction company regarding the sale a one-of-a-kind Jimi Hendrix Collection in The Ocean Tomo Fall 2006 Intellectual Property Auction on October 26 at Capitale in New York City.According to a rep for Experience Hendrix, the auction winner will be left with a virtually worthless prize, reports TMZ.com. Apparently, what is for sale is a "claim" to Hendrix recordings and songs on behalf of the estate of Frank Jeffery, the father of Jimi's former manager Michael Jeffery. So you wouldn't actually be buying the songs. You'd be buying the rights to a "legal claim" asserting some interest in the songs. To make matters more complicated, or from their perspective simplified, Experience Hendrix says the legal claims have already been settled and that they are worthless. They explained in a statement that, in 1995, Al Hendrix obtained direct ownership of the Hendrix legacy after litigation in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. So, the auction set for later this month may or may not give the buyer any leg to stand on when it comes to controlling any of Hendrix's compositions. Read more at TMZ.com.
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