Most Expensive Rock And Roll Items

Most expensive rock and roll memorabilia

Looking for the most expensive Rock ´n roll memorabilia and items? Collecting items from favorite musicians is an art that people like practicing. These things create a connection to these great artists who have passed on. Memorabilia can be of many forms ranging from vinyl records to more expensive stuff such as guitars and automobiles.

Expensive Rock And Roll Items

With a memorabilia, you friends are sure that you are a factual fan of an artist. The most expensive memorabilia belonged to Van Beethoven; it was sold for $3 million. Here’s Rock And Roll Memorabilia.

10. Jerry Garcia’s ‘Tiger’

Jerry Garcia’s ‘Tiger’

One of Jerry’s guitars, the tiger, fetched a whopping $957,000. Being his main guitar since 1979 to 1989, it is an overly important piece of Rock And Roll Memorabilia which was bought by Jim Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts owner. To emphasize its importance, it was hand built specifically to suit the late guitarist’s needs. Though it might surprise you since Jerry Garcia was not as famous as Elvis Presley, it is worth it. This is because it has exotic woods and Jerry was very incredible at strumming it.

9. Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’

Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’

By switching to playing Fender Stratocasters from strumming Gibson guitars in early 1970’s, Eric Clapton made a pretty bold move. Apparently, this happened to be a trend that was fast catching on in the entire music industry. This was after the sad death of Jimi Hendrix. His favorite among the 1950’s Stratocasters was the black one which he fondly referred to a ‘Blackie’. Since 1974 to 1985, he played this Rock And Roll Memorabilia solely and he used it to produce some of his most famous songs like ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Wonderful Night’ and ‘Cocaine’. It sold for $959,000.

8. John Lennon’s Handwritten Lyrics of ‘All You Need Is Love’

John Lennon’s Handwritten Lyrics of ‘All You Need Is Love’

Apparently, Beatles’ Rock And Roll Memorabilia is much sought after. In this band, John Lennon is the star whose items are the costliest. On December 8th 1980, he met his demise, meaning that he was the first band member to leave the scene for good. It is notable that his impact and influence extended far beyond the music scene. That is why his lyrics on ‘All You Need Is Love’ fetched an impressive $1 million. At that time, it was the highest price ever paid for song lyrics.

7. Beatles, Sergeant Pepper Drum Head

Beatles, Sergeant Pepper Drum Head

This Beatles’ Rock And Roll Memorabilia fetched a particularly high price. The auction was run by Christie’s in 2008 and it was a highly contested bid. Many people wanted to make away with it and they were attempting to exceed each other as much as possible. The final bid was finally made and this item was sold at the price of $1,070,000. By the time of its sale, the cost surpassed the estimated cost four times. It was used for the album cover and was never played.

6. John Lennon’s Handwritten Stanzas For ‘A Day In The Life’

John Lennon’s Handwritten Stanzas For ‘A Day In The Life’

When weighed in, ‘A Day In The Life’ would go downcast as one of the finest songs ever played by The Beatles. The lyrics, handwritten by John Lennon, are a Rock And Roll Memorabilia that fetched an impressive $1,200,000. As a matter of circumstance, it remains to be the last collaborative effort between songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It made rock possibilities seem endless, this is a sentiment voiced by Rolling Stone. The Sotheby’s auction happened in 2010. It is written using a ballpoint pen. There is both a forward-facing side and a back side of the paper, both of which are written on.

5. Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Startocaster

Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Startocaster


One of the most outstanding enactments in Rock And Roll is undoubtedly the performance in 1969 by Jimi Hendrix, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. His cream Fender Stratocaster became a Rock And Roll Memorabilia and it fetched a whopping $2 million. It was purchased by Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder. The auction was conducted in 2012 and run by Sotheby’s auction house. During his ultimate and final concert in 1970, he played this guitar. The guitar was willed to his long time drummer, Mitch Mitchell.

4. Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics For ‘Like A Rolling Stone’

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics For ‘Like A Rolling Stone’

As a Rock And Roll Memorabilia, the lyrics that were handwritten by Bob Dylan ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ were to set a new record. They were auctioned by Sotheby’s auction house and they sold for an impressive $2,045,000. This then set a world record in 2014 for being the most expensive popular music manuscript sold. In the final recording however, some of the lyrics that are in the sheet were not included. Back in 2004, this song was accorded the honors of ‘greatest song of all time.’

3. Steinway Piano Belonging To John Lennon

Steinway Piano Belonging To John Lennon

This Rock And Roll Memorabilia was purchased by songwriter and singer George Michael. The Steinway piano belonging to John Lennon was sold in a 2000 auction and it fetched a price of $2,100,000. As he was writing the song ‘Imagine’, this is the piano which John Lennon used. The reason as to why Michael chose to purchase the piano was that he viewed it as a piece of English history which was best at the homeland, the United Kingdom. Presumably, the number of American bidders has surpassed that of English bidders.

2. John Lennon’s Rolls Royce Phantom V

John Lennon’s Rolls Royce Phantom V

This is one of the most popular models of the Rolls Royce ever built; John Lennon was wise to buy it. The car had been purchased back in 1965. It featured in the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ music video. In an auction back in 1985, it was bought for $2,300,000. Were the car to be sold today however, it would fetch more than $20,000,000.

1. The ‘Reach Out To Asia’ Stratocaster

The ‘Reach Out To Asia’ Stratocaster

This most expensive piece of Rock And Roll Memorabilia fetched an impressive $2,700,000 at auction. Initially, it was destined to be a project whose purpose was to accrue money for nations which were ravaged by tsunamis in the Southeast part of Asia in the year 2004. The white Fender Stratocaster was signed by among others Brian May, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ray Davies, Tony Lommi, Paul McCartney, Sting, Angus and Mark Knofler.

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