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Top 10 most expensive guitars ever sold

Updated on January 1, 2013

Guitar is one of the most popular and favorite music instrument in the world of music. The world has known great music from great guitarists and because of good music, the guitars made histories. These guitars are currently the top 10 guitars sold. Below are the them.

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hendrix, guitar

10. Jimi Hendrix's Red Fender Mustang

Jimi used this 1966 red Mustang guitar a lot during the times he recorded the albums, Electric Ladyland and Axis Bold as Love. This guitar fetched $480,000 at a charity auction in Music Rising or Icons of Music in 2007 in New York that was organizing for New Orleans musicians who lost their music instruments to Hurricane Katrina to help them buy new ones.These guitars are the top 10 guitars sold and they stand out for their fame, nature of their use, the songs they sang and the beautiful memories they left on their buyers' minds.

9. Jimi Hendrix's Burnt Fender Stratocaster

Jimi was known for burning his guitars after his performances as a sacrifice to the spirit of rock. This 1965 Fender Stratocaster was the first guitar that Jimi sacrificed in 1967 in North London at Finsbury Astoria. The remains of the guitar fetched $495,292 in September 2007 at an action in a Fame Bureau making it one of the top 10 guitars sold.

8. Eric Clapton's 'Brownie' Fender Stratocaster

This 1956 Fender model named Brownie was one of the guitars Clapton liked. He used it for all the classic recordings he made in 1970 Dominos album, Derek and other love songs. The guitar was sold in June 1999 at an action organized by Christies in New York for $497,500 which makes it one of the top 10 guitars sold.

7. George Harrison's Gibson SG

This 1964 Cherry Gibson SG strikes as one of the top 10 guitars sold and is a standard guitar that was played and owned by Harrison in 1966 till 1969 and was played at the Beatles final official gig in Britain at NME Poll concert organized for winners. It was also played by Jon Lennon when recording Revolver and the White Album. The guitar was sold for $567,500 in December 2004 at Christie's auction and stand as one of the top 10 guitars sold.

6. Stevie Ray Vaughan's Lenny Fender Stratocaster

This is the only Vaughan's guitar that was sold after he died in 1990. The 1965 Composite Fender Stratocaster was among Vaughan's favorite models. It was marked with 'SRV' sticker and called Lenny, his first wife's name. The model was sold at Christie's in 2004 at Eric Clapton's Crossroads in which it fetched $623,500.

5. Eric Clapton's 1939 Martin Acoustic Guitar

This 1939 OOO-42 pre war guitar was used a lot by Clapton in his 1992 Eric Clapton album which is one of his best selling records and icons of his career in which a million copies were sold. The guitar makes it to the top 10 guitars sold with a whopping $791,500 it fetched at Crossroads Guitar Auction that was held in New York in 2004.

4. Eric Clapton's 1964 Gibson

ES-335 TDC 1964 Gibson guitar is the most expensive guitar ever sold by Gibson in an action. Gibson owned this guitar for over 30 years when he worked with John Mayall's, Yardbirds, Blind Faith, and Bluesbreakers and also on his own. Clapton used this guitar for over 25 years during his recordings and also used it only for classic blues on stage. This guitar makes it as one of the top 10 guitars sold with it collecting $847,500 at Crossroads Charity Guitar auction in 2004.

3. Eric Clapton's 'Blackie' Stratocaster

Blackie is the most famous guitar that Clapton ever used for his recording sessions and live performances since 1973 to 1985. Clapton felt that the guitar was part of him but in 1985, he retired the guitar for a new Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. This guitar is known by its legendary name "Blackie" and is one the top 10 guitars sold. The guitar fetched $959,500 at Christies during Crossroads Charity Guitar Auction in 2004.

2. Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock Stratocaster

Hendrix made his biggest appearance in August 1969 in Woodstock when he made an amazing performance of Star Spangled Banner using this 1968 white Fender Stratocaster guitar. The guitar fetched $198,000 when it was sold to an Italian collector, Gabriele Ansaloni in 1990 at an auction who later sold it in 1993 to Paul Allen who is a Hendrix collector and Microsoft co-founder at $1.3 million rising it to the top 10 guitars sold list.

Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster
Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster

1. Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster

This is one of the top 10 guitars sold and ranks as the world's most expensive guitar even though its history is not famous. This guitar has the highest number of signature and was a donation made to Reach Out, an Asian charity auction that took place in 2005 with the aim of helping victims of Asian Tsunami. It had the signatures of famous rock 'n' roll icons like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, and Pete Townsend among others. The guitar fetched $2.7 million.

What do you think about this guitars?

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      Anon Guitarist 3 years ago

      you would never play these guitars if you had them, you would treasure them. the tools of some of the greatest guitarists ever.

      also, the pic of the "jimi hendrix burned woodstock strat" isn't the actual strat .-. that's just a photo of an olympic white backwards lefty fender strat, not the exact one, u can look up images of the exact one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i like it i love it i want some more of it!!! <3

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      Rick Wyble 4 years ago

      Great Lens. Informative and fun to visit. I'm a Gibson fan, but the Fender Strat is also one of my fav's.I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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      spletni-delavec 5 years ago

      Crazy numbers. Nice lens BTW.

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      IamShea 5 years ago

      There's a lot of music history in these guitars....... cool.

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      mj11769 5 years ago

      Wow...beautiful guitars though....nice lens..l

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its great, so i think guitar make expensive coz of guitar player, history and his background.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Great info!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Happy New Year - hope 2013 is the best ever for you and yours! :D

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      wow! so much money...

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I like guitars!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, the prices paid for these guitars are amazing!

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      webgal 5 years ago

      great guitars. thx!

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      selah74 5 years ago

      I like the acoustic personally. But electric are fun to play too

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Wow! That's impressive!

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      Metalpriest 5 years ago

      Whoa! 2.7 million dollars for a guitar! Wow! I like this lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @kmyangel: my guiter is abot 60 000 but those are way to much

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      que fino neng

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      Tia Novak 5 years ago

      Nice job with this lens, love playing the guitars, but these are expensive for my taste.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow...hell yeah

      awwwwwwwwwwww yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you can buy a fender or Ibanez like me that not expensive and a GT10 and marshal; that so cool and not expensive ^^

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Wow ... $2.7 million for a guitar. That's pretty impressive!

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      aaxiaa lm 5 years ago

      I almost had a heart attack...2.7 million- wow!

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      tomthiessen lm 5 years ago

      Haha....I thought my $2,000 guitar was too much. :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Wow, way out of my price range.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Interesting! Wonderful work on the history of these guitars. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent piece of Rock history. Nice lens!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I would be interested to see how expensive Acoustic guitars sold for too. Jimmy Hendricks and Eric Clapton sure dominated this category. I really do need to get my guitar out. I love guitar music, but I am more traditional.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      always wanted to learn how to play a guitar, but never pursue it. I love to listen to it though. Thanks for sharing.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      always wanted to learn how to play a guitar, but never pursue it. I love to listen to it though. Thanks for sharing.

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      great guitars but very very expensive !!!!!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Unbelievable! Imagine the music that was played with each of these guitars -- Priceless!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      A guitar fetched $2 million! I could do with some of those funds.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Fantastic prices for these guitars!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      Very fresh topic- Those are some mighty nice guitars.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great information on these guitars. Thanks for sharing

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      Avella 5 years ago

      Lots of information here, love the Hendrix stuff.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Nice list! Very interesting!

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      Eric Clapton is one of my favorite singer. I have tried to learn guitars for sometime, but may be I am just do not have the talent in playing guitar, I can never manage to master it.

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      Auntie-M LM 6 years ago

      My father's friend represented Fender Guitars on the west coast. He said the hardest part about his job was telling retailers that he couldn't get them as many as they wanted -- and they weren't cheap.

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      Marilyn Thompson 6 years ago from Washington State

      nice lens, love SRV

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      Camden1 6 years ago

      I had guessed (wrongly) that one of John Lennon or Elvis Presley's guitars was most expensive.

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      randomthings lm 6 years ago

      Wow i didn't know the guitars were auctioned for that much money. That is amazing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't know that there are million dollar guitars out there. Wow!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoy watching Antiques Roadshow so have seen some of the old guitars on that show but I don't think any of these. Very interesting.

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      SugarB 6 years ago

      I had no idea a guitar could be worth that much money! Interesting lens.

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      floppypoppygift1 6 years ago

      Eric Clapton & Elton John at Dodger Stadium were my first concert. Very cool lens! Cheers~cb

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      jazziyarbrough 6 years ago

      I've learned a thing or two about EXPENSIVE guitars! Thanks for sharing

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      its great to see people helping out those in need no matter how they do it!

      what an amazing lens well done

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Brilliant... nicely compiled list!

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      srsddn lm 6 years ago

      It is amazing to know about these guitars

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cool! Love guitars!

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      Wow, cool guitars!

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      iWrite4 6 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Yeah. My favourite is Blackie :)

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      these guitars are awesome, I love them.

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      najem lm 6 years ago

      Nice guitars! I wish I had one of those, at least one so I can sold it :)