The most expensive guitar in the world: an overview
Not so long ago the title of the most expensive in the worlda musical instrument sold at auction ever, was held by one of the violins of the work of the great Stradivarius. This tool cost the buyer $ 2.3 million and until recently was a record for auction trades (in private transactions, three times as large were involved).
The auction record was broken in 2005. The most expensive guitar in the world is put up for sale by the royal family of Qatar for 2.8 million dollars.
This tool certainly deserves attention. However, in its way it is not so unique. In this article you will find a selection of the most expensive guitars that were ever sold at auction.
Prototype Fender Broadcaster
Even in our time, the price of $ 375,000 seemshuge, and in 1994 it was just fabulous and could easily reward the acquisition of the title "The most expensive guitar in the world." What was the reason for such a price on the price tag?
Various factors affected. First and foremost, this is the loud name of the creator - the author and seller of the guitar himself the legendary Leo Fender. In addition, the instrument was truly unique - this sample was nothing more than a prototype of the series that later brought world fame to the Fender empire.
Gold Leaf Stratocaster
The cost of this guitar was $ 455,550. The author of the idea and the former owner of the instrument is Eric Clapton. Probably, the musician set out to acquire something out of the ordinary when he was developing the concept. Probably wanted that the most expensive guitar in the world belonged to him, and therefore ordered the company "Fender" exclusive model with a gold coating.
Masters realized the wishes of the famouscustomer to implement "something worthy of the Louvre." But a year later the magnificent gold-encrusted guitar was at the auction "Christie" and pretty quickly went under the hammer to a new owner.
The next guitar was sold for more than half a million not by accident. She was a joke - she was in the hands of John Lennon and Jim Harrison!
You can see this beauty on many oldpictures from the concerts of the Beatles. Later it went to Peter Ham (BADFINGER), after the death of which several decades dusted unclear where. Fortunately, a wonderful instrument with a unique history was not lost completely and was auctioned. An anonymous admirer of the Beatles' creativity for the sake of such an acquisition parted with 570 thousand dollars.
Lenny - Fender Composite Stratocaster
In the distant 1980s, the great American bluesmanStevie Ray Vonu this instrument was given as a gift from his wife Lenny. With his guitar, Stevie never parted and affectionately addressed her - "my girl".
It can not be said that in those days it was the mostexpensive guitar in the world, but when in 2004 it was put up for auction, there were a lot of people willing to buy a tool for a tidy sum. The buyer gave for a guitar with a monogram SRV for $ 623,500; funds were transferred to a charitable foundation.
C. F. Martin & Co
Another tool by Eric Clapton takes hisplace among the most expensive guitars. This time no gold and no dreams of the Louvre. The only advantages are the year 1939 and the star status of the owner.
However, for today it is the most expensive acoustic guitar in the world. It was sold for 791 500 dollars.
Gibson ES0335 TDC
Incredibly, the next instrument also belonged to Clapton once. It was on it that young Eric played his first solo trills in the distant 1964-m.
By the way, this tool is the most expensiveClassical guitar in the world, which ever produced the company "Gibson". To date, none of the tools of this legendary brand broke the record of $ 847,500, which belongs to the guitar of Clapton.
Blackie - Stratocaster hybrid
And again Eric Clapton, this time with the legendary"Blackie." It is known that in the 70s, yielding to the influence of Jimi Hendrix, Eric changed his beloved Gibson, choosing Fender Stratocaster. In one of the Texas stores, the musician bought six identical guitars, only one hundred dollars for each. Three of them he gave to friends-musicians, the rest of himself left, choosing from this trinity one for permanent use. She got the name Blackie and sounded at the concerts of the singer for many years, until she had a problem with the stamp.
In 2004, this guitar was sold at auction for almost a million dollars.
Washburn 22 series Hawk
"Take it for a case, the essence of which you will learn later," Bob Marley said in 1971 to Gary Carlsen, holding out to him this guitar.
Gary, professionally engaged in manufacturingguitars, explained the words of the legendary musician in his own way and founded a charitable foundation, in the walls of which this instrument still remains. Guitar Bob Marley is the national treasure of his homeland of Jamaica.
This is the main prize of the lottery, organized by the Carlsen Foundation. By and large everyone can dream that the most expensive guitar in the world will get to him.
Experts say that the cost of this tool is roughly $ 2 million.
This instrument was played by Jimi Hendrix himself at the Woodstock festival. Not surprisingly, the cost of this guitar is estimated at $ 2,000,000.
You dream that the most expensive guitar in the world (photoyou see in the following illustration) went to you and even ready to spend a huge amount on it? It's unlikely that you will be lucky. The location of this tool is unknown to date.
The last time this tool was lit at auction in the 90's. There are rumors that he was acquired by one of the bosses of Microsoft for $ 2 million.
Fender Stratocaster (Reach out to Asia)
The loud name of the manufacturer testifies to the highest quality of the instrument. But the most expensive guitar in the world is valued not only this.
She was given a charity auction by BrianAdams, whose autograph is adorned on the body. And besides him, many other stars have left their signatures on this instrument, among them Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and many others.
The daughter of Sheikh Qatar, known for her passion for insanely expensive purchases, has acquired a guitar. In the future, the guitar will again be exhibited at one of the auctions held for charitable purposes.
A couple more records
The most expensive bass guitar inworld. Today this title is proudly worn by Flora Aurum, created by the great master Jens Ritter. In 2005 an anonymous buyer laid out for a gold-encrusted bass guitar, created in a single copy, a quarter of a million dollars.
Well, for those who acquire the tools of the class"Laksheri", can not do without suitable accessories. To satisfy the demanding client is ready, for example, the British company Timber Tones, offering palladium, gold and platinum mediators, the cost of which can reach 7,8 thousand dollars.