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The Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold

In the world of vintage guitars, there are a few select instruments that stand out from the rest. The reasons musicians love vintage guitars so much are varied. Some people appreciate their unique sound, while others love the history and story behind each vintage guitar. I love vintage guitars personally because they are pieces of art with a story.

Whatever the reason, these guitars represent the pinnacle of music collecting and can be worth a fortune. These rare and expensive guitars have broken records and sold for prices that are unheard of in the music industry.

Here are some of the most expensive vintage guitars ever sold (at this time):

$2.7 million – Jimi Hendrix’ 1962 Fender Stratocaster

The most expensive guitar ever sold is a 1962 Fender Stratocaster that was purchased by Jimi Hendrix in 1967. The guitar was auctioned off at Christie’s in London in 2013 and sold for $2.7 million. The reason it was so valuable was because it was the only one of its kind. It was a prototype that Hendrix had customized himself, making it one of a kind.

$2.1 million – 1955 Fender Stratocaster

Another vintage Fender Stratocaster, a 1955 model, sold for $2.1 million at an auction in Dallas in 2010. The owner was anonymous, and the guitar was sold as part of a collection. The previous owner had paid $375,000 for the guitar in 2002, so the guitar saw a huge increase in value in just eight years.

$2 million – Eric Clapton’s “Brownie” 1964 Gibson ES-335

One of the most famous vintage guitars in the world, “Brownie” was a 1964 Gibson ES-335 that Eric Clapton played extensively throughout his career. The guitar was auctioned off at Christie’s in New York in 2004 and sold for $2 million.

$1.2 million – Eric Lapton’s Gibson Les Paul

In 2012, a Gibson Les Paul that was once owned by Eric Clapton sold for $1.2 million. The buyer was a British guitar collector who paid more than three times the expected price, shocking many.

$1.09 million – 1938 Martin D-45

A vintage 1939 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar sold for $1.09 million in a 2012 auction. It was previously owned by country singer Roy Rogers.

$947,500 – 1957 Fender Stratocaster

In 2009, a 1957 Fender Stratocaster sold for $947,500 at an auction in New York City. It was purchase by a private collector and was the most expensive guitar ever sold at that time.

As you can see, vintage guitars can be worth a lot of money. If you’re lucky enough to own a vintage guitar, be sure to take good care of it and never sell it unless you’re absolutely sure you’ll get the best price possible. These rare instruments are the crown jewels of the music world and are sure to only increase in value over time.