Most Expensive: These Guitars Fetched Staggering Prices at Auctions

George Harrison and John Lennon’s 1964 Gibson SG, US$570,000

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Beatles fans, bring out your best rendition of The Beatles' Across the Universe, Yesterday and Hey Jude with this special Gibson. Both George Harrison and John Lennon used this guitar while recording the 1966 album Revolver and on tour, and during sessions of the 1968 album White, respectively. It fetched around US$570,000 in a New York auction.

Eric Clapton’s 1939 Martin Acoustic, US$791,500

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Mention Eric Clapton and “Tears in Heaven” likely comes to mind. This Martin was used to play his 90s smash hit throughout MTV Unplugged in 1992, where he exhibited some serious acoustic chops that were relatively unheard of before the now-iconic show. Among the show’s highlights included a softer rendition of his famous rock song “Layla”. The guitar was auctioned in 2004 and fetched an impressive $791,500 and the sweet label of “Most Expensive Acoustic Guitar Ever Sold”.

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Fender “Reach Out To Asia” Stratocaster, US$2.7 million

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Rumor has it that this bad boy cost Fender approximately $15,000-25,000 to produce, as part of a project titled “Reach Out To Asia”. The venture was organized by Bryan Adams to support victims of the 2004 tsunami, and features a stunning guitar signed by 19 rock legends including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Sting and Paul McCartney. The Stratocaster eventually hit the auction, fetching an impressive US$2.7 million.

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Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster, US$965,000

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Sold for a staggering $965,000, the 1964 Fender Stratocaster marked Bob Dylan’s grand transition to electrical instruments at the Newport Folk Festival. As he shed his folk music image in his first electric concert, there were a few boos from allegedly outraged folk fans who disagreed with his transition.

Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster, $2 million

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Another Stratocaster to sweep the auction was Jimi Hendrix’s right-handed axe in a sleek Olympic white finish. Whilst it probably resembles any other ordinary guitar, its legend far precedes its aesthetics – Hendrix famously played the now-famous rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” with this very guitar. The legendary guitar was reportedly sold in 1998 for $2 million.

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