The top three Celebrity Guitars auctioned so far
Guitars is among the most sought-after music instruments that turns out as rare collectibles. This is backed by the fact that celebrity guitars are also considered as one of the highest values auctioned item among popular musical instruments. For the rich class, contemporary culture has reached a fairly high degree of acceptance side my side classical music. When it comes to contemporary music, guitar emerges not just as a cultural insignia, but also as the symbol of creativity as well as status. On the other hand, celebrity collectibles have been always in high demand.
Here we have listed out the top three top guitars auctioned at the highest price so far.
USD 2.7 million, “Reach Out to Asia” Fender Stratocaster
Fender Starts has a high standard in the artist fraternity. But this particular Stratocaster was sold for USD2.7 million in 2015, November. This guitar was used to raise funds for victims of 2004 tsunami through the famous campaign Reach Out to Asia.
Auctioned by Sotheby’s this guitar has the signature of many top rock stars. The notable ones are Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams.
USD 2.41 million, Lennon’s Gibson J-160E Acoustic-Electric
This guitar belonged to legendary Beatles John Lennon. The famous composure bought the guitar in September of 1962 for Pound 161 in Liverpool. This was used in composing classics like “I Saw her Standing There”, “She Loves You” and “I want to Hold Your Hand”. The guitar was lost in 1963 after a concert in London. It was again seen in 1967 in a shop at San Diego. It was only in April of 2014; its owner John McCaw could relate the significance. It was auctioned in November 7, 2015. The amount was also shared with Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono’s foundation.
USD 965,000, Dylan’s Stratocaster
This was the guitar Bob Dylan played when he used electric version of the instrument for the first time in public show. It was at 1965 Newport Folk Festival when he sang the hits like “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Maggie’s Farm” with a full electric ensemble. However, not pleased with the response Dylan left the guitar behind on a plane, after which, it was kept by Victor Quinto, the pilot of the plane. It was sold to a noted guitar collector Jim Irsay by Christie’s in 2013. It was also borrowed from him during 2015 Newport Folk Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s concert.