The ten most valuable items of music and celebrity memorabilia ever include John Lennon’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine from the 1970s which sold for a grand total of £137,500. The titles for the luxury car were gifted over to fellow member of The Beatles, George Harrison, when John and Yoko began a new life in New York.
Then there is Buddy Holly’s acoustic guitar which grossed £139,658 in an auction at Sotheby’s in New York in 1990. The guitar was from 1945 and encased in a leather cover handmade by Holly himself.
The seventh highest netting bit of music memorabilia in history is one of Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitars. The Fender Stratocaster was put up for auction and bought for £198,000. Not just any guitar, this was the one that Hendrix had played at the Woodstock festival in 1969. The original Woodstock music and art fair was held on a 600-acre farm in Bethel near New York. The audience numbered more than half a million people. They had gathered to see thirty-two musicians and performers at the vanguard of a cultural shift that valued peace, openness and self expression. Woodstock became known as a pivotal moment for music and culture.
Of course, the real value of music memorabilia is the value assigned to it by its owner. To bring back memories of your most treasured music moments why not check out the memorabilia available at ebay.co.uk.
The handwritten lyrics to famous songs are a sure bet if you’re investing in memorabilia. Paul McCartney’s hand-penned words for The Beatles song ‘Getting Better’ were auctioned off for £161,000, whilst Bernie Taupin’s rewritten lyrics for ‘Candle in the Wind’ went for a reported £278,512. Taupin is a British songwriter and poet who regularly collaborates with and writes for Elton John.
Some of the highest value music memorabilia in history both originally belonged to John Lennon. His Steinway model Z piano, played when composing ‘Imagine’ and complete with the cigarette burns of a frustrated creative genius, was bought by George Michael for £1,450,000. It is now displayed in the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce, 19 feet long, weighing three tons, with psychedelic paintwork and kitted out with a double bed and fridge, sold for £1,768,462.
John Lennon’s childhood home in Wavertree, Liverpool is among some of the more unusual music memorabilia out there. Another unusual item is a demo cassette from 1986 featuring six songs by a band called ‘On a Friday’. The cassette sold for £2,000 when it emerged that the band changed their name to Radiohead a few years after making it. Glastonbury wellies signed by artists performing at the festival are currently being auctioned off for charity. And who knew that you can get Iron Maiden beer? A case of the suitably patriotically named Trooper (inspired by the Iron Maiden song which is in turn inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade poem) will set you back around £16.
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